Hanigan's neck, Harang on rumors

Catcher Ryan Hanigan was opening mail inside the Reds clubhouse and was able to turn his head about as far as needed to reach for the next letter. As far as putting the gear on and getting behind the plate, Hanigan’s sore neck wasn’t ready. He missed his fourth-straight start and Craig Tatum was in his place.

Hanigan, who is day-to-day, recently went for an adjustment at a chiropractor.

“My spine is a little out of whack and the inflammation left over from putting it into place is taking a while to go away,” Hanigan said. “It’s just impeding my range of motion. There’s nothing I can do until I can move my head. It’s definitely getting better but it’s slower than I hoped.”

Obviously, Hanigan was moved up the depth chart when Ramon Hernandez went on the DL. For those wondering who would be the emergency catcher should Tatum go down — it’s shortstop Paul Janish.

“It’s the same guy that’s my emergency pitcher,” manager Dusty Baker said.

Starting pitcher Aaron Harang has figured prominently in trade rumors as July 31 nears. Harang said he has a partial no-trade clause but was hazy on the details about which teams.

“I don’t know which teams I put,” Harang said. “I put them down a couple of years back.”

Harang, who is starting on Wednesday, has one guaranteed year left on his contract beyond this season. He’s making $11 million this year and $12.5 million in 2010 with a $12.75 million option for 2011.

“You can’t let it bother you, especially being a veteran guy, your name is going to come up more times than not,” Harang said of the rumors. “You just can’t let it affect how you go out and play every day. I’m going to show up at my locker each day. You really don’t know. I will know if they ever call me into the office and tell me. I’m not worried about it.”

Reds lineup:

Taveras 8
Gonzalez 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Encarnacion 5
Nix 7
Gomes 9
Tatum 2
Arroyo 1

RF Jay Bruce, on the DL with a fractured right wrist, had his full-length cast cut below the elbow on Monday. He will wear that cast on his non-throwing arm for another 10 days before he is evaluated again.

“I’m pretty much back to normal activity as far as physical stuff – throwing, running, lifting,” Bruce said on Tuesday. “I’m just getting ready so when I do get the cast off, the only thing I’d have to do is get my arm ready and not anything else.”

1B Joey Votto enters today batting .350 but remains 29 plate appearances shy of qualifying for the National League lead. The current NL leader in the Marlins’ Hanley Ramirez at .348.

IF Danny Richar had season-ending left shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. Dr. Tim Kremchek performed the procedure today. Richar is expected to be ready by Spring Training 2010.

So much for that Pete Rose reinstatement stuff. The same columnist who “broke” the story yesterday that Rose’s exile might end followed up with a story that’s a total 180.

Reliever Daniel Herrera was parked in a chair on Tuesday that kind of small, even for him. It was a toddler-sized chair from the movie “Cars” and it had replaced his regular folding chair. It wasn’t even a prank — Herrera spotted the chair in a storage area at GABP on Monday.

“We’re 1-0 with the chair,” Herrera said. “I’m the only one that can fit in it.”

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6 Comments

One of your better articles Mark. It is great to see the personality of some of the Reds seep through the text. I was never a “big” fan of Herrera but after reading this article I’m going to pull a 180 myself and say I think he is just what this team needs… a lighthearted person to keep a smile on the players faces. Speaking of which did we ever elect another team captain since the days of Barry Larkin? If so who is our team captain?
I would pay money to watch Paul Janish Pitch and catch in the same inning. I hope Joey gets the at bats he needs to qualify if he does I think he’ll win it. Why didn’t the Reds put Hanigan on the DL also sounds like he won’t be playing for another few games? Is that an active roster issue?
Pete will be reinstated it is just a matter of time. I think that once of the alleged steroid users gets elected to the hall you will see such an outcry. Besides if you look at “character” as a hall of famer criteria then the hall would be empty. They better pull Honus Wagner’s plaque down because he was in the KKK and of Ty Cobb admitted to murdering a man… talk about character issues. Pete is in my hall of fame and is right at the top. I think the Reds should pull a fast one on MLB and sign Pete Rose Jr. to the team for one day let him wear #14 and then promptly retire his #. Let me see MLB do anything about that.

Don’t quote me on this, but I don’t believe we have a captain. I’m 99.9% sure on that. Also, I hope they don’t trade Harang. I really, really don’t. Didn’t you say you weren’t a fan of his, Hollowman? If so, why? I’m not angry, I’m just wondering.

There is no formal captain of the Reds. I don’t believe there’s been one since Larkin left.

I shouldn’t say I am not a fan of Harang’s Redsrock, rather, I don’t believe Harang is worth half of his contract and he should never have been considered our ace pitcher this year or any other year. At his best Harang is a solid #3 or #4 starting pitcher.
After Votto getting ejected last night and sparking the team I vote him as our captain!

oh my gosh Dusty Baker is driving me insane!!! Why oh why did he send Bronson out there for the 7th inning? I can’t understand what his game plan is anymore when we have such a deep bullpen. Arg!!!!!

oh my gosh Dusty Baker is driving me insane!!! Why oh why did he send Bronson out there for the 7th inning? I can’t understand what his game plan is anymore when we have such a deep bullpen. Arg!!!!!

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