CHICAGO (AP) — Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was back in the starting lineup a day after he was activated off the seven-day concussion disabled list.
Mesoraco was batting eighth Thursday night against the Chicago Cubs.
The 24-year-old rookie was hurt in a collision with San Diego runner Cameron Maybin on July 30 and later ejected for bumping plate umpire Chad Fairchild. Mesoraco left in the sixth inning the next day because of dizziness and was put on the DL on Aug. 1.
Mesoraco says he wanted to keep playing "but if something would have happened you never know what the ramifications of getting hit again would be."
Dioner Navarro was called up from Triple-A Louisville as a replacement and optioned back Thursday. Mesoraco was batting .221 with five homers and 14 RBIs.