Just two batters into his first game off the disabled list on Friday against the Brewers, Ryan Hanigan proved himself ready and healthy. He chased down a foul pop and snagged it with a diving catch behind the plate at Great American Ball Park.
“It was a fun play to get back in there first game and have a play like that right out of the gate,” Hanigan said.
“Most of the time when you’re off the DL, they’re going to do something that will test you,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “That’s the only way Hammy knows how to play. That’s why we wanted to make sure he was healthy when he came back. He doesn’t have much speed, but he’s a full-throttle type player.”
Hanigan also singled in his at-bat and went 2-for-4. He raised his average from .079 to .119 (5-for-42). Ryan Ludwick teased Hanigan about that in the clubhouse before Saturday’s game.
“You doubled your average,” Ludwick said.
“Nowhere to go but up,” Hanigan said.
Later Hanigan said, “I feel good again. It’s nice to have some strength in your hand and not have to worry about the pain.”