Hip problem sidelines Reds’ Mesoraco against Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is out of the starting lineup for Tuesday’s game against the Chicago Cubs because of an ailing left hip.

Reds manager Bryan Price said Mesoraco is sore but there is not any thought of a disabled list stint ”at this point.” Mesoraco remained in Cincinnati for MRI.

”I think they have way better facilities than you’re going to find in a visiting clubhouse, as far as contributing to his rehab,” Price said.

Brayan Pena was in the Cincinnati lineup in place of Mesoraco, a 2014 All-Star is hitting .095 (2 for 21) with no RBIs.

Outfielder Billy Hamilton, who has a sore finger, was back in the starting lineup after being rested for Monday’s game.

Price said right-hander Homer Bailey is to throw a bullpen session Wednesday and is scheduled to make his season debut Saturday against St. Louis. Bailey did not pitch after Aug. 7 last season is recovering from surgery on Sept. 5 to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right arm.