LOS ANGELES -- Very quietly this season, the Reds have gotten fantastic dynamic-duo offense from their catchers -- Ramon Hernandez and Ryan Hanigan.Reds catchers' .297 batting average is best among all National League catching tandems and they are second in the league behind the Braves with 73 RBIs and a .371 on-base percentage. "Production from that part of the order and that position is awesome," Hanigan said on Friday. "Obviously, we want to make the contribution also defensively in terms of having our pitchers throw well. But if we can do that offensively, it's a plus as well. I think we both feed off of each other." Hanigan, who started on Friday vs. the Dodgers, came in with 12 RBIs over his last 12 games played. Hernandez came in hitting .364 (20-for-55) in 14 games since coming off of the disabled list July 22. He has 20 RBIs over his last 17 games.
Cueto ready to return from suspension
LOS ANGELES -- Reds starter Johnny Cueto's seven-game suspension for kicking Cardinals players during last week's melee in Cincinnati ends on Friday. Cueto will start on Saturday vs. the Dodgers on 10 days' rest."I feel strong. I worked out a lot -- running, everything," Cueto said. Cueto's five-game win streak was snapped in the Aug. 10 game vs. St. Louis when he allowed five runs over 5 1/3 innings in an 11-3 loss. He is still 5-2 with a 1.99 ERA over his last 10 starts. Cueto spent a late portion of last season on the disabled list with a sore arm and came back fresher. Reds manager Dusty Baker believes the layoff and Cueto's dedication to conditioning will help him for the stretch run. "This guy trains, this guy runs," Baker said. "This year's success -- when you ask a kid to do something and express what benefits he may have from it and then has success from it -- it's easier for him to keep doing it. This guy runs the stairs. He runs and runs."
Cabrera unlikely for Dodgers series
LOS ANGELES -- Reds manager Dusty Baker isn't expecting injured shortstop Orlando Cabrera to be activated from the disabled list for this weekend's Dodgers series. Cabrera has been on the DL since Aug. 3 with a strained left oblique."He's getting better. Any time you have an oblique, if they tell you 'I'm ready today,' you give them two or three days," Baker said prior to Friday's opener. "He's about 75-80 percent with it. It's that 20-25 percent that's going to be the difference maker."
Harang grinding through rehab
LOS ANGELES -- Reds pitcher Aaron Harang had another lackluster rehab assignment start for Triple-A Louisville on Friday. Against Syracuse, Harang allowed six earned runs and nine hits over six innings with no walks and five strikeouts. In two starts for Louisville, Harang has given up 11 runs and 14 hits over 11 innings.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.