Mesoraco gets start after Pena scratched late

Mesoraco gets start after Pena scratched late

CINCINNATI -- The Reds originally had a lineup that put catcher Brayan Pena behind the plate to work with pitcher Homer Bailey. It was subsequently changed and Pena was replaced by regular catcher Devin Mesoraco.

"Just made a switch," Reds manager Bryan Price said.

Price described Pena as a "little banged up." He last caught on Wednesday vs. the Padres and did not play on Friday vs. the Brewers.

"Pena is a useable piece today. It's nothing extreme," Price said. "It just made more sense to have the guy that's closer to 100 percent behind the plate."

Pena appeared in Saturday's game as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning of the 1-0 loss and flied out to left field.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.