Bruce went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in Friday's loss to the Cubs, dropping his line to .164/.261/.328 on the year. "I'm just missing pitches right now, that's the bottom line," said Bruce. "The at-bats are not over when it needs to be. I'm getting behind in counts, and I'm not doing what I need to be doing."
Mesoraco (hip) still hasn't tried to catch, but is hoping to do that soon. "I would imagine we'll catch a bullpen here in the next couple of days," Mesoraco said on Friday. "We haven't really set the date, but I would assume pretty quickly."
Bailey allowed two runs -- both on solo homers -- over 5.2 innings Thursday against the Brewers. He struck out three, walked one and gave up seven hits. He didn't have his full velocity, getting clocked between 89-91 mph on his fastball for most of the start. He averaged 94.2 mph on his fastball last season.
Mesoraco (hip) was not in the Reds' clubhouse after the game Sunday night and his bag was packed up ahead of his teammates, with the inference being that he wasn't really available to pinch-hit in the loss.