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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.
Rondo (thumb) will not play during Wednesday's Game 5 against the Celtics, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.
Though Rondo was preparing an attempt to play in Game 5, he's ultimately been ruled out after going through his own individual practice session, which seemingly didn't pan out the way that the Bulls and Rondo hoped. He also had another X-ray Tuesday night, which revealed no changes. That being said, the fact that he put up shots and was able to participate in an individual practice session is a reason for optimism for a Game 6 or 7 return, depending on how the series swings.
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