PHILADELPHIA -- It was a long day's journey into night for Cincinnati Reds catcher

Devin Mesoraco on Friday, but ultimately a fruitful one.

Mesoraco, out since April 26 with a hamstring pull, was activated from the disabled

list early in the day. He was scheduled to catch a morning flight from Norfolk, Va.,

where he was on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville, to Philadelphia, for the

Reds' game against the Phillies.

But it rained and rained. And Mesoraco, trapped at the airport, sat and sat.

His flight finally took off at 3:30 p.m., and he didn't arrive at the ballpark until

nearly 5.

"I couldn't have felt a whole lot worse," he said.

There was work to do in the weight room. There were scouting reports to review.

"I felt rushed all day," he said. "I was kind of panicked and I guess flustered would

be a good way to put it."

But he came to the plate with two outs and two men on in the first inning, and hit a

cut fastball from Kyle Kendrick over the left-field fence, staking Cincinnati to a 3-0

lead. That turned out to be the final score.

"I think things cleared up pretty well after that," Mesoraco said.