The Reds reinstated relief pitcher Manny Parra from the disabled list to take Mesoraco’s place. Parra hasn’t pitched since April 23 because of a strained neck.
Lineup change: Eight days from moving Billy Hamilton from leadoff to eighth in the lineup, Price dropped him to ninth Monday. Pitcher Jason Marquis hit eighth.
“This is no science experiment,” Price said. “This is just trying to find a way to create our best offense. It will be something we’ll take a look at to see if it will inspire our offense.”
Hamilton went 1-for-4 with an RBI. Brandon Phillips hit first in the order and was 0-for-5.
Cueto's status: The Reds have not announced their starting pitchers for Friday, Saturday or Sunday when they host the Washington Nationals. The status of Johnny Cueto, who was scratched from his scheduled start in Cleveland on Sunday because of elbow soreness, remains uncertain.
Reds medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek examined Cueto on Monday.
“I don’t think it’s a serious injury,” Price said. “I think we should have a pretty good idea by (today) what all the tests suggest. I think we have a medical staff that feels really good it’s nothing that’s going to put him on the shelf for a long time. Hopefully, he’ll maybe miss one start and be back in there the next time through.”
Looking ahead: Michael Lorenzen (1-1, 3.79 ERA) starts at 7:10 Tuesday night against Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa (1-6, 6.51).
In the series finale at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday, Mike Leake (2-3, 4.14) starts for the Reds against Kyle Kendrick (1-6, 6.58).