Devin Mesoraco had a setback with his hip

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Devin Mesoraco hasn’t caught since April 12 due to a left hip impingement, but the Reds have kept him active as a pinch-hitter and designated hitter rather than place him on the disabled list. It looks like they aren’t going to have a choice soon.

According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Mesoraco tested his hip Friday by trying to get into a catching position and doing 15 squats and giving signs. It didn’t go well.

“It was very difficult,” he said. “It’s probably not something that’s going to happen any time soon. It obviously caused some problems afterward. It doesn’t make sense to do a whole lot more right now because it doesn’t feel good.”

Mesoraco plans to make a decision about surgery after the Reds return from their current road trip. Surgery would end his season, but there’s no sense in delaying it any longer if he isn’t seeing improvement.

Astros extend winning streak to 11 games

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The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.

The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.

Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.

After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.