GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- There is a reason that backup third baseman Jack Hannahan has yet to play a game for the Reds this spring. It surfaced on Friday that Hannahan had offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
The procedure was performed by team medical director Tim Kremchek a week after the 2013 season ended. Hannahan reported to camp a month early to begin a throwing program.
"I'm about four months out, and it's been a slow process. A lot slower than I'd like it to go," Hannahan said. "It's progressively getting better. I feel a lot stronger every day."
Signed by the Reds to a two-year, $2 million contract with a $4 million club option in December 2012, the shoulder injury might explain why Hannahan struggled to produce at the plate and throw in the field.
Hannahan, who turns 34 on March 4, batted only .216 with one home run and 14 RBIs in 83 games last season.
"I did it close to this time last year in Spring Training," Hannahan explained about his injury. "I was playing first base and dove for a ball. I felt a twinge in my shoulder."
Hannahan hadn't had an MRI exam on his shoulder until one after the season revealed a tear. Not knowing the severity of his injury, he simply stretched his shoulder before games and did his best to heat it up.
"Nobody feels 100 percent throughout a baseball season of 162 games," Hannahan said. "There are aches and pains. Every baseball player goes out and does the best they can. As far as playing third base, it was a lot different figuring out how to get a ball across the infield. Coming into this spring, swinging feels a lot better. I feel like I can stay through a baseball and there is still some discomfort throwing."
Hannahan has been able to take extra batting practice and ground balls to get himself ready, but there isn't a target date for him to play in the Cactus League.
"He's still having to really build up the throwing portion of the recovery," manager Bryan Price said. "That's typically is the biggest challenge in a shoulder surgery rehab. He's progressing. I know he'd like it to go a lot faster. The shoulder, in particular, takes time."
Broxton looks good in second bullpen session
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds reliever Jonathan Broxton threw 25 pitches in the bullpen on Thursday, his second mound session of camp. Broxton threw 15 pitches on Monday.
In August, Broxton has season-ending surgery to repair a torn flexor mass tendon in his right forearm.
"It went really well," manager Bryan Price said of the bullpen session. "Talking about schedules is always a challenge, but he's had no setbacks. We ramped up his throwing since he arrived in Goodyear. He's got two bullpens under his belt. He looks great. His delivery looks great. He feels good. We're really happy he's progressing so well."
Yorman tested in Cactus League action
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- One of the Reds' rising prospects, 21-year-old Yorman Rodriguez started in Friday's game vs. the Indians. Rodriguez led off and played center field.
The No. 16 prospect in the organization last year, according to MLB.com, Rodriguez split last season between Class A Bakersfield and Double-A Pensacola. Combined, he batted .259 with 13 home runs and 66 RBIs in 129 games. Reds manager Bryan Price thinks he will get even better by just playing and developing.
"He's such a young guy. He really had a significant, breakout year for him," Price said on Friday. "At 21, we're really encouraged by what we're beginning to see as far as his athleticism, the power potential. He's a very good defensive outfielder. We want to integrate him into center. I think he's more comfortable on the corners in right and left.
"But he's shown us a lot -- his instincts, his running and throwing ability, a much better approach at the plate, more disciplined. He's definitely one of the guys we're excited about as far as his development and his chance to help us in the next year or two."
As young as Rodriguez is, he has been in the organization for five seasons. He was signed on his 16th birthday for $2.5 million, which was a record for a Venezuelan amateur player at the time.
"You start at 16, think about that," Price said. "You're getting your driver's license here. All you're thinking about is getting up the nerve to make a phone call and ask a girl on a date and pray that your parents will let you use the car on Friday. This kid is out there trying to figure out if he can handle college pitching and things of that nature. He's certainly had his challenges."