Rehabbing Bruce takes swings on field
Outfielder, catcher Hanigan could have rehab soon
CINCINNATI -- Reds right fielder Jay Bruce took batting practice on the field Tuesday for the first time in nearly eight weeks since he fractured his right wrist."That's a long time without swinging the bat," Bruce said once back inside the clubhouse. "I have no complaints. I felt good. I felt strong. It's all about repeating now. It's all about doing it again day after day with no pain or discomfort." The next step isn't ironed out yet, but it will most likely involved Bruce going to Triple-A Louisville this weekend for a rehab assignment. Bruce fractured his wrist on July 11 vs. the Mets while trying to make a sliding catch on the grass at Citi Field. Before Bruce can play, manager Dusty Baker wants to make sure his legs are still strong and will have him run the bases. Catcher Ryan Hanigan, who has on the disabled list since Aug. 25 with a concussion, could also be headed for a rehab assignment this weekend in Louisville. Hanigan has been doing a full range of activity for a few days. Another catcher, Ramon Hernandez, wished he were as close to returning as Bruce and Hanigan. Hernandez, who has been on the DL since July 20 because of arthroscopic left knee surgery, tried squatting on Tuesday and expected to start blocking balls on Wednesday. He's also been hitting off of a tee and running. "Today I was really happy," Hernandez said. "It's been frustrating for me. It's going slow. I really don't know why. I'm doing my hardest to work out." Hernandez was originally expected to be out for six weeks. Now, he's hoping he can return to the lineup sometime in the middle of this month before the season ends. "It's been really hard for me," Hernandez said. "Right now, it's better, but two weeks ago was when I should be feeling like this. I'm disappointed because I didn't recover that quick. I feel like if I don't play in September that I will let a lot of people down."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.