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Reds place catcher Ryan Hanigan on disabled list with sprained wrist

Jul 11, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

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The third-place Reds will have to rely on Devin Mesoraco as their primary catcher over the next two weeks, as Ryan Hanigan was placed on the disabled list today due to a sprained left wrist.

As Mark Sheldon of notes, Hanigan received a cortisone shot after sitting out Monday’s game and caught Tony Cingrani on Tuesday, but the soreness has lingered. This will be his second stint on the disabled list this season, as he missed time with a strained right oblique and a sore right thumb from late April to early May. The 32-year-old is batting just .193/.293/.276 with two home runs and 14 RBI in 46 games this season, so it’s been a disappointing season all around.

Mesoraco isn’t 100 percent right now either, as he’s been nursing back spasms, but he should get the bulk of the work behind the plate in the short-term. The Reds have called up Corky Miller to replace Hanigan on the active roster.

  1. bronco58lb - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Mesoraco’s so-so play demonstrates how difficult it is for a touted prospect to excel at catcher in the majors. It’s a huge jump from the Triple-A level.

    • jonrox - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:47 PM

      It’s also difficult to develop while playing in only 40% of games.

    • contraryguy - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      I was about to agree, but then I checked the stats… (player adv. fielding – c)

      Mez and Hanny are basically even as far as pitcher’s ERA, etc for 2013. The one stat where Hanny is way on top is throwing out runners.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        Hanigan is also a far better Catcher. Especially with the way he frames pitches.

  2. okwhitefalcon - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Maybe they should bring back Jason LaRue.

    Oh, wait…

  3. b0ngg - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    its corky time !

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      Yep…time to get your Cork on.
      I have always liked him…just for the record. Dude has managed to parlay a backup catching position into a very long career. He’s been around for what seems like forever.

  4. jm91rs - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    I like Corky Miller as a guy on the bench to mentor players (he’s going to make a great coach some day), but it’s disturbing that he’s the best option in the minors. I hope they have someone else in the pipeline coming along soon, Hannigan won’t be on the team if he doesn’t start hitting better, and there needs to be someone to back up Mesoraco.

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