A writer asked Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan if maybe it was a good thing he has missed some much time this summer on the disabled list because now he’ll be fresh for the stretch run.
“That’s definitely an optimistic way of looking at it, for sure,” he said. “You guys are glass half-full kind of guys. I just spent 30 days on the DL.”
Hanigan’s time in baseball purgatory ended Friday. The Reds reinstated him from the DL and put catcher Corky Miller on the DL with a right quad contusion, an injury he suffered Wednesday in a collision at home plate with the A’s Alberto Callapso.
Hanigan started against the Padres on Friday in the opener of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park. It was his first appearance since he went on the DL on July 11 with a sprained left wrist.
“It’s been a grind getting over this thing,” Hanigan said. “The trainer’s done a good job. I’ve got the strength back. It feels pretty good.”
Hanigan didn’t make any rehab appearances because he didn’t think he needed to.
“I feel good,” he said. “I’ve been doing a lot of stuff, going to the bullpen, taking at-bats against pitchers, trying to get my timing offensively. Defensively, I feel fine. I’ve been catching some pens and keeping my arm and legs in shape. I’ll just get back in there and get after it.”
Hanigan has played in only 46 games this season. This was his second stint on the DL. He didn’t play from April 21 through May 9 because of a shoulder injury.
Hanigan said he took eight or nine days off after the All-Star break and then tried to come back too fast.
“It’s tough to gauge,” he said. “It hurts predominantly when I do the activity. I’m trying to see how it feels. I think I pushed it a little too quickly. That was my own fault. It was just one of those things. I wanted to get back as soon as I could, and it took longer than I anticipated.”
Focused manager: Baker was asked if he noticed whether or not Hanigan counseled the other catchers Devin Mesoraco and Corky Miller in the dugout while he was injured. Baker said no because he always has his eyes on the field.
“I was taught when I first got this job to never miss a pitch,” he said. “I think I missed one pitch in my career, and I was in the bathroom. That’s a lot of pitches.”
Ludwick update: Ryan Ludwick is 4-for-36 in 11 rehab appearances with Single-A Dayton and Triple-A Louisville. Through Thursday, he had three hits in his last three games with Louisville, including a home run on Tuesday.
Asked on Friday when Ludwick would return from the DL, Baker said, “Soon. But he probably won’t play this weekend.”
Always on: Joey Votto and Shin-Soo Choo continue to rank first and second, respectively, in the National League in on-base percentage. Votto’s at .438, and Choo’s at .418. No one else in the league is better than .400.
In the NL, a pair of teammates hasn’t led the league in on-base percentage since the Dodgers’ Pedro Guerrero (.422) and Mike Scioscia (.407) in 1985. The last Reds players to do it were Joe Morgan (.466) and Pete Rose (.406) in 1975.
Today’s game: Tony Cingrani (5-1, 3.05 ERA) pitches for the Reds against the Padres’ Tyson Ross (2-5, 2.91) in the second game of the series at 7:10 tonight.