Catchers banged up
The fact that Ryan Hanigan is starting behind the plate tonight has less to do with his readiness and more to do with his sore left wrist isn’t as bad as Devin Mesoraco’s back spasms.
“It’s kind of the worst of the two,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said on Tuesday.
There is a chance one of the two catchers could go on the disabled list.
“I don’t know,” Baker said. We’re just kind of waiting to see if one of them is better than the other in the next couple of days. It kind of puts us in a bad situation. There are no answers.”
Mesoraco didn’t think he would have to go on the DL.
“If they need me, I think I can play,” Mesoraco said. “It’s not an injury. It’s something I need a couple of days to get over it and it will be OK. I can’t go out there, really mess it up and be out for a while. It’s something you have to deal with if it comes to it.”
The Reds currently have no other catchers on their 40-man roster. Corky Miller and Nevin Ashley are at Triple-A Louisville. But file one more familiar name in your memory bank — Ramon Hernandez. He was released today from the Blue Jays — where had been at their Triple-A Buffalo affiliate. Hernandez, who was with the Reds from 2009-11, batted .208 in 17 big league games this season for the Dodgers. He was released June 22 and signed by Toronto on June 29. He batted .105 in five games for Buffalo.
Jack Hannahan, who is starting at third base tonight, is the third or emergency catcher for the Reds.
“That’s why I had him warming up the pitcher yesterday,” Baker said. “He might be a second catcher.”