8/23/2014 8:40 P.M. ET
600 games in, Hannahan trying to get better
By Andy Call / Special to MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- Saturday was a day for Jack Hannahan to make a rare appearance in Cincinnati's starting lineup --and to reflect on how he got there. The 34-year-old Hannahan appeared in his 600th Major League game when he started at first base against the Braves.
"I had friends ask me in the offseason if I planned to go back [for Spring Training]," Hannahan said. "It was never a question for me. I'm still trying to get better every year and, in some ways, I feel like I'm still improving."
Offseason right shoulder surgery put Hannahan on the disabled list until July 27. Saturday was his fifth start since being activated.
Reds manager Bryan Price said Hannahan has worked hard to be ready for his opportunities to play. His reputation is as a solid defensive corner infielder, and Hannahan was a full-time starter for the A's and Mariners in 2008-09 and the Indians in 2011-12.
"There are a lot of players in every organization and I am very glad for [A's general manager] Billy Beane giving me my first opportunity in Oakland," Hannahan said. "When I got to Cleveland, I was done looking in the rearview mirror. I had confidence in my ability to play every day and get the job done."
Hannahan is no longer playing every day, but he has adjusted to pinch-hitting and starting on occasion.
"I've done a better job of being ready with experience," Hannahan said. "In the American League, you might have a stretch of 15 to 20 games where you don't play. In the National League, it's different. You need to be ready to perform every day. I take pride in never being surprised."
Bailey improving, but not ready to throw
CINCINNATI -- Reds manager Bryan Price said Saturday that right-hander Homer Bailey has seen progress since receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection, but he is not yet ready to begin pitching again.
"There's a definite improvement from where he was prior to [the injection]," Price said. "But he's not ready to initiate a throwing program yet."
Bailey had an ultrasound examination Friday, but results are still pending. He has been on the disabled list since Aug. 16 due to a small tear in his right flexor mass tendon.
"Homer has been able to increase the exercises for his forearm," Price said. "He is still getting some soreness after those exercises, which is expected."
The 28-year-old Bailey was 9-5 with a 3.71 ERA in 23 starts prior to going on the disabled list.
After long day, Corcino ready for fresh start
CINCINNATI -- Daniel Corcino made up for lost time Saturday … or, more accurately, lost sleep.
The Reds' newly promoted right-handed reliever was prepared to pitch on zero hours of sleep Friday while warming up in the bullpen during the Reds' 3-1 loss to the Braves. He had been told of his callup from Double-A Pensacola following Thursday night's game at Jacksonville. The team flight landed in Pensacola at 4 a.m. ET. Corcino was back at the airport at 9 a.m. to catch a plane to Cincinnati.
"Yesterday was a long day," Corcino said. "After the game last night, I went out to dinner, went to my hotel room and slept until [noon] today."
Friday was a long but exciting day for the Dominican rookie, who turns 24 on Tuesday. His success at Pensacola (10-11, 4.13 ERA, 113 strikeouts in 143 2/3 innings) came after having struggled at Triple-A Louisville in 2013 (7-14, 5.86 ERA).
Corcino, ranked by MLB.com as the Reds' No. 11 prospect, said the first item on his 2014 agenda was "forgetting about last year."
"I never got disappointed," Corcino said. "I saw [Reds special assistant to the general manager] Mario Soto about a month ago. He told me, 'Keep going. You'll be there. You're doing a good job. They see that.'"
Corcino has been a full-time starter since 2010, but he will pitch in a relief role for Cincinnati. He said he has previous experience as a reliever during winter ball.
• The Reds were scheduled to use their 103rd different starting lineup of the season Saturday against Atlanta. Cincinnati used 95 different lineups during the entire 2013 season.
• Cincinnati's home attendance reached 2 million Saturday in its 64th game at Great American Ball Park, tying last year for the fewest dates to 2 million since the facility opened in 2003. The 1976 Reds reached 2 million in 56 home dates at Riverfront Stadium.
Andy Call is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.