Good news for the second-place Reds, as they've activated starting catcher Ryan Hanigan from the disabled list. In order to make room on the active roster, they've designated catcher Corky Miller for assignment. Hanigan has been sidelined since April 20 with a strained oblique -- the result of his lunging for an Aroldis Chapman fastball.
The 32-year-old Hanigan has struggled badly this season (.079/.182/.079), but the data sample is a mere 44 plate appearances. For his career, Hanigan owns an OPS+ of 92, and last season he registered an OBP of .365, which is right in line with his established norms. When you offer on-base skills like that while manning a key defensive position, you're a valuable player.
Elsewhere in Reds injury news, ace Johnny Cueto on Thursday resumed his minor-league rehab assignment. Cueto, who's been on the DL since April 14 with a strained lat, was scratched from his first scheduled rehab start on May 3 but was able to answer the bell on Thursday. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer has the particulars of Cueto's outing for Low-A Dayton:
Cueto has 50 pitches, 37 strikes. 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 4Ks. Last pitch was 94.— ctrent (@ctrent) May 10, 2013
It's not yet certain when Cueto will rejoin the Reds' rotation, but consider this a promising development.
This season the 27-year-old Cueto has pitched to a 2.60 ERA in three starts. For his career, he owns an ERA+ of 117 to go with a WHIP of 1.26 and K/BB of 2.51. In 2012, he finished fourth in the NL Cy Young balloting.