7/24/2013 11:04 P.M. ET
Overzealous hitting delays Hanigan's return
By Jeff Kirshman / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Catcher Ryan Hanigan has experienced a setback in his recovery from an injured left wrist and will not be activated for the Reds' series opener against the Dodgers on Thursday as was previously expected.
"He's still a little sore," Reds athletic trainer Paul Lessard said before Wednesday's series finale vs. the Giants. "His exercises are all fine, but he overdid it a few days ago and he's still sore, so I backed off yesterday and today with some of his activities."
Hanigan had restrained from swinging a bat for a week so he could heal and appears to have overcompensated from the hiatus by taking extra swings Sunday, though Hanigan's ability to catch is not in question.
"Tons of swings and tons of exercises," Lessard said of the exceeded strain on Hanigan's wrist. "He was feeling so good Sunday that he just kept [going]. He was bored during the game, he was in the cage and walking around the weight room and doing stuff. Monday after the flight Sunday night, he came in and was pretty sore."
Hanigan has been on the disabled list since July 11 and is eligible for activation Thursday.
"I'm pretty sure we're not going to activate him tomorrow," Lessard said. "Whether it's the day after or the day after that, I don't know. It won't be tomorrow."
Cozart out of lineup with left hip stiffness
SAN FRANCISCO -- Zack Cozart didn't start in Wednesday's series finale against the Giants but was available to pinch-hit after experiencing stiffness in his left hip.
Cincinnati's shortstop felt pain prior to Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader in San Francisco and was monitored after every inning before manager Dusty Baker pulled him for Cesar Izturis in the seventh inning with Cincinnati leading, 9-2, and he struck out as a pinch-hitter in the nightcap. Cozart matched a career high with four hits, including a home run, two RBIs and three runs prior to the substitution, which athletic trainer Paul Lessard said prolonged his removal from the game.
Lessard added that the hip ailment may be a result of an attempt to relieve pressure on his left leg, which has been black and blue for a week because of everyday wear and tear.
"He's not bad, it's just if we want him to play the next two days, it's in our best interest to get him ready," Baker said. "It's that time of the year where you're going to be dealing with something. If you're not dealing with something, you haven't played much or you don't exert effort."
Cozart is batting .243/.270/.379 this season with eight home runs and 36 RBIs.
Choo, Votto vying for rare dual on-base feat
SAN FRANCISCO -- According to a blog post from noted baseball scribe Joe Posnanski with "Five fun baseball stats from 2013 to impress your friends," Cincinnati's Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Votto are both on pace to reach base more than 300 times this year, a feat that's happened just twice since the 1930s.
Choo, who entered Wednesday leading all Major League leadoff hitters in home runs, walks and on-base percentage, was in the midst of a career-high 16-game hitting streak during which he went 28-for-65 (.431) before going hitless in Tuesday's doubleheader against the Giants.
The Reds center fielder entered Wednesday with a .425 on-base percentage and had reached base through 107 hits and 67 walks this season with 61 games remaining.
Votto came into Wednesday leading the National League in walks, intentional walks and on-base percentage and had reached base safely in 94 of his 101 games, including an active season-high streak of 35 games.
Cincinnati's first baseman owns a .434 on-base percentage and has reached base through 118 hits and 76 walks.
"I would imagine two pretty great hitters who got on base quite a bit," Votto said when asked to guess the last time such a duo has crossed the 300 threshold.
He isn't wrong. According to Posnanski, the last pair of teammates to reach base 300-plus times was Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams on the 1999 Yankees. Astros standouts and potential Hall of Famers Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell did it two years before them, but no other combination of teammates has done so in the modern era.
"Those are good combos," Votto said.
• Right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton threw a bullpen Wednesday and was "outstanding," Lessard said. Broxton will throw a live bullpen session in Los Angeles as the Reds continue their West Coast trip.
Broxton has been on the disabled list since June 15 because of a strain in his elbow.
Jeff Kirshman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.