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Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco returns from disabled list

San Diego Padres v Cincinnati Reds

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 30: Devin Mesoraco #39 of the Cincinnati Reds argues balls and strikes with home plate umpire Chad Fairchild in the third inning of the game against the San Diego Padres at Great American Ball Park on July 30, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco has been activated from the disabled list after being sidelined since the middle of spring training with an oblique injury.

Cincinnati traded Ryan Hanigan to the Rays this winter in large part because they wanted to clear the path for Mesoraco to take over as the starting catcher at age 25. Brayan Pena started four of the six games in his absence and fill-in backup Tucker Barnhart--great baseball name!--is heading back to Triple-A after starting twice.

This is a big season for Mesoraco. He was once a first-round pick and top prospect, but now he’s 25 years old and has hit just .225 with a .641 OPS through 175 career games.

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