The disabled list has become a crowded space on the Reds roster and the club is hoping that it’s not about to add another wounded party.
Catcher Ramon Hernandez has been bothered by a sore left knee and went for a MRI exam on Saturday. He’s missed the last two games and wasn’t starting on Sunday.
“I’ve had this for two months,” Hernandez said on Sunday morning. “I’ve been trying to play and gut it out and do what’s best. I’m trying to help and do what I can to play. Now it’s gotten worse.”
During a plate at the plate as he tried to score on Thursday, Hernandez was unable to slide and was easily thrown out.
“I slid in New York during the day game and it hurt so bad,” Hernandez said. “If I slid here, I didn’t know what was going to happen.”
If Hernandez went on the DL, Ryan Hanigan would obviously take over the starting job. The Reds recently traded for catcher Corky Miller in the deal that sent Norris Hopper to the White Sox. Miller is at Triple-A Louisville and would be the likely call-up.
“It’s not exactly how we planned it,” manager Dusty Baker said of Hernandez. “We hope it’s day to day. It’s not good.”
On top of the knee issue, Hernandez has also been nagged by a sore left hand for several weeks.
“It’s been better,” he said. “I’ve had some cortisone shots on it.”
Someone asked Hernandez if his mother ever told him not be a catcher.
“I told myself too. In the next life, I’ll be an outfielder or play soccer.”
It’s not like there was a need for more injury news but Baker also had another concern. OF Laynce Nix reported having a tight back and was receiving treatment. His status wasn’t known.
On the positive side, SS Alex Gonzalez left today for a rehab assignment at Louisville. If all goes as planned, Gonzalez, who had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow June 22, will meet the Reds in Chicago during Thursday’s off day and be activated on Friday.
Opening Day roster players currently on the DL: Jay Bruce (broken wrist), Gonzalez, Edinson Volquez (tendinitis) and Mike Lincoln (bulging disc in neck).
Others on DL: Wilkin Castillo, Danny Richar
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