04/30/2013 7:52 PM ET
Hanigan takes BP for first time since hitting DL
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
ST. LOUIS -- Tuesday was a big day for catcher Ryan Hanigan, who took early batting practice and long-tossed on the field at Busch Stadium for the first time since going on the 15-day disabled list.
Hanigan began the stint on April 21 because of a strained left oblique and a sore right thumb.
"It's made a lot of progress, definitely," Hanigan said. "There's still a little bit of healing to do, but I've got the strength back [in my thumb], which is No. 1."
Hanigan recently received a cortisone injection in his oblique area to get some relief.
"They got it right on the spot, and it really helped," he said.
Hanigan threw lightly on Monday but was throwing hard as he played catch with pitcher Mike Leake in the outfield on Tuesday.
"Today I aired it out to just get the shoulder and arm going. It was pretty good," Hanigan said.
Hanigan is eligible to be activated on Sunday, but there's a good chance he could go on a Minor League rehab assignment first. He is batting .079 in 12 games this season.
"I would suspect he might go down for a few days," manager Dusty Baker said. "He was struggling when he left. We don't want him struggling when he gets back."
Reds not concerned about Latos' hip
ST. LOUIS -- Concern for Mat Latos was at a minimum on Tuesday after he exited Monday's start vs. the Cardinals with tightness in his right hip.
Latos, who threw six scoreless innings and 91 pitches in a 2-1 victory, did not return for the seventh inning because of the injury, which he sustained while hitting earlier in the night.
"It's one of those things that you have to wait and see," pitching coach Bryan Price said.
Because of a scheduled off-day on Thursday, Latos will have an extra day of rest before his next start, on Sunday vs. the Cubs.
"He'll get an extra day before he has to throw on the side," Price said. "It'll be a good indicator on where he's at. He's had a little bit of hamstring and calf tightness that he's worked through. If this is an issue, we'll handle it as needed. At this point in time, no one is even thinking twice about him missing a start or being limited in any way."
In six starts, Latos is 2-0 with a 1.83 ERA and has a scoreless streak of 17 innings.
Cueto to begin rehab assignment soon
ST. LOUIS -- Plans are not yet written in cement, but all indications are that Johnny Cueto will soon begin a Minor League rehab assignment.
"We just want to make sure everybody is on board with it," pitching coach Bryan Price said on Tuesday.
Cueto, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right lat, reported no issues a day after a 45-pitch bullpen session on Monday.
"He's fine. He came in and got treatment. He's strong," Price said. "Now it's just a matter of verifying that he's OK as opposed to just firing him off into a game, and there's still a twinge and you have to DL him again. There's a strong possibility that he'll make an outing or two in our player-development system to verify he's OK."
Because Cueto is very competitive and likes to push himself, the Reds will be deliberate in building his pitch count and making sure he doesn't try to rush back too soon. He is already eligible for activation at any time.
"We've got to do what we think is best for him," manager Dusty Baker said. "We also want to keep him on the field so he doesn't go back down again."
Chapman, Broxton likely unavailable Tuesday
ST. LOUIS -- Entering Tuesday's game vs. the Cardinals, the Reds were prepared to be without both Aroldis Chapman and Jonathan Broxton at the back end of it.
Both relievers worked the previous two days, but Chapman -- who earned the saves on Sunday and Monday -- is also one of several Reds bothered by severe allergies.
"Chapman looked [terrible]. I don't think he's available tonight," manager Dusty Baker said. "I don't know if Broxton is available tonight. We may have to close with somebody else. [Broxton has] gone two days in a row, and he threw 30 pitches the day before. I was little apprehensive about using him last night. It's not the innings sometimes, but the workload of that inning."