7/26/2013 9:55 P.M. ET
Streaking Frazier never lost confidence amid slump
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Todd Frazier has put it together at the plate in a big way recently.
Frazier took a season-high eight-game hitting streak into Friday's game against the Dodgers and was batting .406 (13-for-32) during the streak. He also hit safely in 17 of his previous 19 games. Before the All-Star break, Frazier was hitting .239 and he has since raised his average to .254 with 10 home runs and 49 RBIs.
"I'm staying steady in my approach," Frazier said. "It's hard to explain. You try to find yourself during the year and sometimes it takes longer to get where you need to be. I feel very good about where I'm at with my approach to hitting the ball. Are the hits helping out? Sure, of course. At the same time, I feel like I have a better chance and opportunity to get hits and produce."
During his hitting streak, Frazier has not been getting cheap hits as he also has six doubles. That included a hot grounder past diving Dodgers third baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. during Thursday's 5-2 win.
"I'm hitting it hard, that's the main thing," Frazier said. "Whenever I hit the ball, I want to hit it hard, whether it's at somebody or not. When you hit the ball hard, you always have a chance. On the ground or in the air, it's going to find a hole like it did on the ground yesterday."
Frazier, who batted .220 in May and went from April 24-June 10 without a homer, has never had confidence issues. But he was caught guessing wrong on pitches and needed to improve his pitch selection.
"I could see where he was caught in between pitches, somewhere in no-man's land," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "You get caught between a fastball and a breaking ball, that's a bad spot be -- early on breaking balls and late on fastballs."
Frazier widened his stance and goes to the plate looking for more than one pitch in each situation -- just in case, rather than just guessing.
"You have to understand that eventually good things will happen," Frazier said. "You're the best player out there when you lace up the shoes and believe in that. You understand you're here for a reason. I know I will find my way and I'm starting to."
Hanigan not ready to come off disabled list
LOS ANGELES -- Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan still wasn't ready to be activated from the disabled list on Friday after he became eligible on Thursday. Hanigan, who has been out since July 11 with a sprained left wrist, felt like he was improving.
"I decided to give it the last two days to just do treatment and break over the hump there," Hanigan said. "The pain is still in there. It's gotten a lot better."
Hanigan was preparing to test his wrist in the batting cage later on Friday.
"I can't tell until I get in there and swing the bat. The test is going to be hitting," Hanigan said. "Doing everything else feels fine."
• Reds Minor League outfielder Yoel Noel received a 50-game suspension on Friday for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Noel, who plays on the organization's Dominican summer league team, tested positive for a metabolite of Nandrolone.