Hanigan making progress

Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan, who is on the DL with left oblique and right thumb injuries, was on the field hitting during early BP Tuesday.

“It’s made a lot of progress, definitely. There’s still a little bit of healing to do,” Hanigan said. “But I’ve got the strength back [in my thumb], which is No. 1.”

It was Hanigan’s first hitting on the field since he was injured. He had been working solely in the indoor cages.

To treat his oblique strain, Hanigan recently got a cortisone shot and that has sped his improvement.

Hanigan also is improving on the throwing front. He long tossed on the field for the first time with pitcher Mike Leake.

“Today I aired it out to just get the shoulder and arm going. It was pretty good,” Hanigan said.

No timetable is set for a potential return.

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