GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- They share the same position, just like their first and last initials. As for the playing time given this season to Reds catchers Ramon Hernandez and Ryan Hanigan?"It'll probably be about the same," manager Dusty Baker said on Monday. Hernandez had 313 at-bats last season, compared to Hanigan's 203. However, Hanigan also missed 38 games over six weeks with a fractured left thumb. Both catchers benefited from the split duties. Hanigan set career highs by batting .300 with five home runs and 40 RBIs. Hernandez, who was re-signed to a one-year, $3 million contract in November, batted .297 with seven homers and 48 RBIs and was mostly successful at preserving his surgically repaired left knee. "They were both very productive," Baker said. "They're both strong and caught well, threw well. That's about as good of a tandem as there is in baseball. And they get along well, which helps." The Reds organization is deep at catcher with Hernandez and Hanigan joined in camp by veteran Corky Miller and first-round Draft picks Devin Mesoraco and Yasmani Grandal. "Most of our catchers, other than Grandal, have seen most of these guys throw in our system and organization," Baker noted. "They're not going to start the season off not knowing somebody. It's the beauty of keeping the same team together."
Baker hopes to keep veterans fresh
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- In the early days of Spring Training, Reds manager Dusty Baker has been meeting with many of his more veteran players."I pulled up the stats from last year of at-bats and innings to get an idea of how to program each guy and get them ready," Baker said on Monday. "Everybody is different, especially guys like Scotty [Rolen], [Edgar] Renteria and [Miguel] Cairo. Older guys seem to take a little longer to get ready. Last year, Cairo didn't look good at all and got better as the season goes on. "That's what usually happens to the older guy. It takes him longer to get ready and younger guys are usually ready sooner. It's kind of hard to compare an older guy to a younger guy at Spring Training, especially early." One of the younger guys that might get extra swings is center fielder Drew Stubbs, who had a very slow start to the 2010 regular season. Ironically, Stubbs led the club with 60 spring at-bats last year. But most of his extra hitting in this camp could be on the side. "More at-bats means more playing," Baker said, "and he's got a lot of playing to do already, especially in center field. It's a long year."
Reds camp gets back outside
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds were able to hold their first complete full-squad workout on Monday. Two days of rain forced most of the team to work indoors over the weekend. The club held its practice in the afternoon to give the fields a chance to dry.Infield practice was held and hitters took batting practice in the cages outside. Joey Votto, Scott Rolen and Jonny Gomes were hitting together in one group. Gomes hit several balls over the fence. The first live batting practice, during which Reds hitters face Reds pitchers, is on Tuesday. An intrasquad game has been scheduled for Saturday, one day ahead of the first Cactus League game. No pitching assignments have been revealed yet for Sunday vs. the Indians. Baker plans on using the DH in Cactus League games until the middle of March to give hitters more at-bats.