7/9/2013 1:47 A.M. ET
Berry getting closer to return to field
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- When he first returned last month after being treated for cancer on his tonsils and lymph nodes, third-base coach Mark Berry hoped to be back on the baselines just before the All-Star break next week.
Berry is almost there, but not quite. Bench coach Chris Speier has remained at third base all season, while Miguel Cairo has served as interim bench coach.
"Now that I've gotten to this point, I still don't feel quite right," Berry said on Monday. "Going through what I went through, I've got to feel like I am normal. I feel like I'm close. I still get a little too fatigued sitting through a whole game. I find myself having to go sit inside the clubhouse for an inning or two. It wouldn't be fair to the team, Chris or anybody else to not be 100 percent out there."
Berry has recently started hitting grounders to players with the fungo bat, including Monday afternoon to first baseman Joey Votto. He is now on his second road trip with the team, sits in on meetings and has generally helped wherever he can.
Diagnosed with cancer near the end of Spring Training in March, Berry dropped 41 pounds after chemotherapy and radiation. He said he has put 14 pounds back on over the past five weeks since treatments ended.
"My strength is getting better," Berry said. "I'm starting to work out in the gym too -- that's a plus. Things are moving in the right direction. When I am ready, it's going to be a day-to-day thing. I need to show up and feel normal for maybe a week."
Hanigan scratched with soreness in wrist
MILWAUKEE -- Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan caught pitcher Homer Bailey's no-hitter against the Giants last Tuesday, but he wasn't behind the plate for Bailey's follow-up start on Monday against the Brewers.
Hanigan was scratched from the starting lineup before the game with irritation in his left wrist. X-rays were negative, but Devin Mesoraco started in his place.
"I strained something in my hand. I'm going to see the doctor," Hanigan said. "I did it swinging, [Sunday]."
This season, Hanigan is batting .196 with two home runs and 14 RBIs in 45 games. He already missed time on the disabled list from April 21-May 10 with a strained left oblique and a sore right thumb.
"Hopefully it's not too bad," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
Mesoraco hasn't been 100 percent himself, as he missed the past two games with back spasms. It was clear he was still laboring with discomfort throughout the Reds' 4-3 loss to Milwaukee on Monday night. On one groundout to the shortstop in the second inning, he was only able to jog slowly to first base.
"Sometimes you've got to grind. Mes said he was OK," Baker said. "We kept watching him. We didn't have Hanigan today and [third baseman] Jack Hannahan was my backup catcher. That's why we couldn't use him at any time to pinch-hit or put him in the game. I was just hoping Mes could get through the game. He's a tough guy. I don't know what we're going to do tomorrow. I don't know if he's going to be all right or not. The docs are putting hands on him, treating him and we'll see."
Paul could return to starting lineup by Wednesday
MILWAUKEE -- A sore right arm has kept Reds left fielder Xavier Paul out of the lineup since he last started on Friday, but he could return before the series against the Brewers is over.
"He'll probably be back hopefully on Wednesday," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He's able to pinch-hit [Monday]."
During Friday's game against the Mariners at Great American Ball Park, Paul banged his arm on the top of the cement wall in left-field foul territory while chasing a Kyle Seager popup in the top of the ninth inning.
"It's something where my arm is pretty sore. My shoulder is sore. My elbow is sore," Paul said. "I'm a little constricted throwing. I can't really turn it loose right now. I took early BP today and swung the bat pretty well."
Paul entered play on Monday batting .244 with five home runs and 25 RBIs in 62 games.
Chris Heisey started in left field on Sunday and Monday, after Derrick Robinson started there on Saturday.
"I never felt like it needed an MRI or anything like that," Paul said. "It's nothing that is that serious. I'm feeling good enough to play. That's what is important. You're not going to feel great 162 games of the year. It's part of the game to get banged up a little bit. I feel fortunate that it wasn't more serious."