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Socolovich (0-1) gave up an unearned run on one hit over 2.2 innings in Tuesday's 6-5 extra-inning loss to the Blue Jays. He also recorded a strikeout.
Socolovich was a tough-luck loser, as he performed superbly after coming on with one out in the ninth. The veteran reliever snuffed out the potential for further damage after the Blue Jays had already taken a 5-4 lead by inducing an inning-ending double play from Kendrys Morales, but had a costly hiccup when he surrendered a pinch-hit double to pitcher Marcus Stroman in the 12th, who eventually scored what would be the winning run. Despite the disappointing outcome, it was the second consecutive strong outing for Socolovich after giving up five earned runs and failing to record an out against the Yankees on April 16.
Mesoraco (hip, shoulder) will be activated by the Reds on Friday, C. Trent Rosencrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Mesoraco completed his rehab assignment with Double-A Pensacola on Tuesday and it appears the long-awaited return is finally in sight. The 28-year-old hasn't played in a major-league game in over a year and hasn't made it through an entire season since 2014, so expectations should be greatly tempered regarding his durability. Additionally, the Reds will keep catchers Tucker Barnhart and Stuart Turner on the roster as Mesoraco eases back into action, meaning he won't be playing in an everyday capacity right away. The veteran catcher hit just .170/.291/.255 over 13 games with Pensacola.
Martinez went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 6-5 extra-inning loss to the Blue Jays.
The 28-year-old launched a 380-foot game-tying blast off reliever Joe Biagini in the seventh, evening the score at 4-4 after the Blue Jays had gone ahead in the visitors' half of the frame. It was Martinez's first career homer and came just one game after his nine-game hitting streak was snapped. The long-time minor leaguer has carried over an impressive spring into the regular season, as he's now slashing .375/.429/.531 over his first 36 plate appearances.
Sanchez (finger) could start Sunday against the Rays, Sportsnet.ca reports.
Sanchez threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, incorporating all of his pitches, although he did have tape around his injured finger. The plan is for him to throw on the side again Friday, this time without the protective covering, and if all goes well, he could return for the series finale against Tampa Bay. Sanchez has given up six runs on 11 hits (including three homers) with a 9:4 K:BB in two starts so far this season.
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