"Well, I've moved everyone else this spring. ... I've had guys all over the board," Price said. "Having Billy hit further down in the lineup is just another option for us to see where we're best suited. It's not a shot at Billy. It's a shot at trying to see if we have a way of being more productive offensively."
Hamilton is hitting .179 in 39 spring training plate appearances with four RBI and six stolen bases.
"There definitely could be changes -- left-handed or right-handed starter," Price said. "I think what we hope to have is very similar personnel in our lineup on a daily basis, which we weren't able to have last year. That would bode well, and our bench players would know their roles, and I'd try to get them at-bats with periodic starts. For the most part, we have a fairly set regular lineup."
Mesoraco suffered his concussion last weekend after getting hit in the mask by a foul ball but was able to progress through the week.
"To be honest, I don't think I need a lot of at-bats," said Mesoraco. "My swing is good, and I feel like my swing is pretty close to where it should be. I don't think I need any extra, but I'm more than happy to go out there and play as much as Bryan wants me in there."
Hamilton injured his shoulder nine days ago while running into an outfield wall.
"We just want to make sure the shoulder is pain-free, that he has full range of motion," Price said. "They do all the exercises with him and … want to make sure all of that inflammation and soreness is out of there before we cut him loose. I don't think it will be much longer for Billy."
Hamilton was able to take part in batting practice on Wednesday and showed no adverse effects following it.
"Just a little bit, but I won't be doing full stuff until [Thursday]," Hamilton said. "It feels good. I don't know about when I'll play a game -- hopefully soon."
Hamilton hasn't played since colliding with a wall Friday.
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