News: Mesoraco (hip) will get at-bats as the designated hitter this weekend against the White Sox, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: General manager Walt Jocketty said last week that Mesoraco likely wouldn't be ready to catch for another 7-to-10 days, but Mesoraco still hasn't even tested the hip by squatting. However, with the DH option available this weekend at U.S. Cellular Field, it sounds like Mesoraco will make his first starts since Apr. 11. He's trying to avoid surgery on the hip, which would carry with it a four-month rehabilitation.
News: Byrd will bat second Tuesday against the Pirates, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Zack Cozart will sit due to a finger injury, opening the door for Byrd to step into the two-hole against lefty Jeff Locke. It's a minuscule sample, but Byrd is 3-for-7 with a homer in his career against Locke. Byrd is batting just .181/.216/.313 through 23 games (88 PA) this season.
News: Cozart (hand) is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Pirates, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: X-rays on Cozart's right index finger, which he injured while attempting to bare-hand a ball Sunday, were returned negative but the shortstop will be forced to miss at least one start. Cozart was also hit on his left wrist in the finale against Atlanta, but he appears merely day-to-day ahead of Wednesday's game. Kris Negron will man short in Cozart's absence while Marlon Byrd moves up to the two-hole in the order.