Author: Drew Silva

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Devin Mesoraco cleared to begin rehab assignment — as a left fielder — Monday at AAA Louisville


Devin Mesoraco is still unable to maintain a squatting position because of a lingering left hip impingement, but he and the Reds have a devised a plan that will allow him to return to action this season. And perhaps as early as next week.

Mesoraco, who hasn’t made a start at catcher since April 11 and has been on the disabled list since May 25, is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday as the starting left fielder at Triple-A Louisville. He has not played any outfield in the minors or majors, but the Reds are willing to experiment because they want his bat back in the lineup. Hip surgeon Bryan Kelly has signed off on the idea.’s Mark Sheldon says Mesoraco will need at least 3-4 games at Louisville to learn left field and get his timing right. He’s been doing outfield drills for over a week now, so that should help.

The 26-year-old had an .893 OPS, 25 homers, and 80 RBI in 114 games last season.

Edwin Encarnacion got a cortisone shot for his ailing left shoulder, out Sunday afternoon

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Edwin Encarnacion made an early exit from Saturday’s game against the Astros and he is not in the Blue Jays’ starting lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale. Here’s the reason …

Encarnacion should avoid the disabled list, but it’s probably going to be a few days before he can swing a bat without discomfort. Toronto kicks off a three-game set with the visiting Marlins on Monday evening.

Encarnacion has tallied 12 home runs and 33 RBI in 55 games this season for the Blue Jays, but that has come with a relatively disappointing .749 OPS. He’s put up a .900 OPS or better in three straight years.

MLB cheers on Triple Crown winner American Pharoah

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American Pharoah became the first horse in 37 years to complete the Triple Crown on Saturday at the Belmont Stakes. And he did it in dominant fashion. Watch that race again here

The race was broadcast at many major league stadiums. Now check out some of those reactions

Orioles activate Bud Norris following bout with bronchitis

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From the official Twitter account of the Baltimore Orioles …

Norris is rejoining the Orioles’ starting rotation on Sunday against the Indians after missing close to a month with a bad case of bronchitis. He struggled badly in two of his three rehab outings and returns to a rough 9.88 ERA. Baltimore is in last place in the American League East standings with a record of 25-30.