The Cincinnati Reds activated catcher Ryan Hanigan from the 15-day disabled list before Friday night’s contest against the Milwaukee Brewers. He is looking to get a fresh new start after his dismal offensive performance prior to his stint on the disabled list.
Hanigan posted a .079 batting average up until April 21, the day he was placed on the disabled list with a left oblique strain and a sore thumb. Obviously, the meager average is not going to cut it in the big leagues, which is why the right-handed batter is determined to get off to a fast start. He accomplished that by going 2-for-4 in Friday’s 4-3 victory over the Brewers.
“He’s certainly a lot better than that,” manager Dusty Baker told Reds.com. “I told him to start the year over. There’s nothing you can do about yesterday. You can’t bring it back.”
The 32-year-old went 3-for-8 with two RBI in three games while he was on a rehab assignment in Triple-A. Clearly, the experience did him some good as he is now seeing the ball better at the plate.
“I got to see some pitching and do some squatting and I think it was pretty good,” Hanigan said, according to Reds.com. “Everything healed up pretty good. I feel like I got the strength back in the thumb, so that’s important. Just getting some reps down there obviously, because it’s been a little bit of a layoff, is good. I feel ready.”
It will be interesting to see if Hanigan can keep pace with his goal, which is to raise his dismal batting average as quickly as possible. The fact that he moved it up .040 points in just one game is hopefully a sign of good things to come.