09/10/11 4:33 PM ET
Cordero now all-time Dominican saves leader
By Nick Kosmider / MLB.com
Now healthy, Hanigan heating up offensively
DENVER -- It took Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan eight days to return to the lineup following a home-plate collision with Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan on July 8. The pain from the impact, however, took much longer to subside."It was miserable there for a while," Hanigan said. Fortunately for Hanigan, the pain and misery have diminished, and it has shown at the plate. Since Aug. 13, Hanigan is hitting .365 with three home runs and 10 RBIs. The catcher has improved his numbers with runners in scoring position, with his latest triumph being a two-run, bases-loaded single in the Reds' 4-1 win over the Rockies on Friday night. Hanigan leaned on a combination of methods to help him heal the affected areas in his neck and shoulder. Strong anti-inflammatories, exercises that focused on flexibility over strength and rest on days he wasn't playing were key to Hanigan's recuperation. "I did a lot of extra postgame and pregame stuff," Hanigan said. "Just the combination of all that helped." The demands of the catching position made recovery a difficult process for Hanigan, as he tried to play through the pain. "It was one of those things where it was affecting me, and I couldn't get loose," he said. "It just lingered." Now free of pain, Hanigan is aiming to finish the season strong and continue his recent surge. "It's a long year," he said. "You're going to have success, you're going to fail. It's a lot easier to have success, though, when you're feeling right with your body."
Nick Kosmider is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.