CINCINNATI -- Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan knew he hurt his left thumb when he slid into second base attempting to break up a double play in the fourth inning of Friday's game. But it wasn't until later in the game, when he took a foul-tip off the thumb, that Hanigan began to grow concerned.
"I hooked it on the base trying to break up the double play," said Hanigan. "I was trying to stay in the game, just make it through. I didn't think it was broken. Then I got hit with a couple foul-tips. I had to gather myself. It kind of rattled everything."
Prior to Saturday's game, Hanigan was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left thumb, and catcher Corky Miller's contract was selected from Triple-A Louisville.
To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Chris Dickerson was transferred to the 60-day DL.
"That's why you need catchers," said Reds manager Dusty Baker. "It's one position where you are one play, one foul-tip away from injury. They get beat up. [Miller] knows what he's doing. Our guys like throwing to him."
According to Hanigan it was a clean break on the upper portion of his thumb, which is better than a break that occurs closer to the joint. His thumbnail was black and blue, and he was wearing a bandaged splint.
The injury is to the thumb on Hanigan's non-throwing hand, which isn't as much of an advantage for a catcher.
"That's the hand that takes the impact," Hanigan said. "There are a lot of things they can do with splints to help with that. It's not too bad hitting. I can grip a bat. It won't keep me from staying strong. I'll do whatever I can to help the team from the bench."
Hanigan is batting .351 with two home runs and a career-high 17 RBIs. He's hitting .463 at Great American Ball Park.
Miller, who was batting .282 with four homers and 24 RBIs in 31 games at Louisville, will make his season debut for the Reds. He appeared in 21 games for the Reds last season, batting .179 with a homer and 10 RBIs.
Miller, who began his career in the Reds organization, is familiar with the Reds pitching staff, having caught most of them in Spring Training or in the Minor Leagues.
"I'm just going to try to keep things rolling," Miller said. "I've been seeing the ball well. I know most of the guys here. It's unfortunate to come to the big leagues when you know it's because somebody got hurt. [Hanigan] has done a great job."
Miller was part of history before return
CINCINNATI -- Reds catcher Corky Miller joined the team one day after he participated in history.
Miller was the starting catcher for Triple-A Louisville, which was no-hit by Gwinnett Braves right-hander Todd Redmond in a 4-0 loss on Friday.
It was the first no-hitter in Gwinnett franchise history. Redmond narrowly missed a perfect game, issuing two walks, both in the sixth inning, including one to Miller.
Miller said the Bats did their best to prevent Redmond's no-hit bid.
"[Yonder] Alonso hit three balls as hard as you can hit them," Miller said. "We had a couple of unfortunate bounces. Hats off to a guy who throws a no-hitter. It's the first one I've ever been a part of."
Votto sits for fourth consecutive game
CINCINNATI -- Reds first baseman Joey Votto was not in the starting lineup for the fourth consecutive day due to neck stiffness. But he could be available to pinch-hit on Saturday.
"Joey appears to be better," said Reds manager Dusty Baker. "He possibly could be available to pinch-hit. We'll see how he responds."
Votto's injury wasn't originally believed to be serious, but it has kept him out of the lineup since Tuesday.
Without Votto, the Reds are missing a main cog in their offense. He entered Saturday batting .312 with 10 home runs and 33 RBIs.
Miguel Cairo started in Votto's place at first base for the fourth consecutive game.
Janish reinstated from bereavement list
CINCINNATI -- Prior to Saturday's game, Reds infielder Paul Janish was reinstated from the bereavement list, and Drew Sutton was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.
Janish missed three games after being placed on the bereavement list on Wednesday to attend his grandmother's funeral near Houston. He entered Saturday batting .276 in 17 games.
Sutton, who hit a pinch-hit grand slam, the first of his career, in Friday night's victory over the Astros, was 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs in two games.
Lehr in good spirits following surgery
CINCINNATI -- Reds right-hander Justin Lehr visited the team's clubhouse prior to Saturday's game, fresh off Tommy John surgery.
Lehr, wearing a substantial brace on his right arm, last pitched on May 15. He was 1-3 with a 6.57 ERA for Triple-A Louisville before he was placed on the seven-day disabled list.
Lehr came to Cincinnati on Thursday to be examined by Reds medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek. He underwent Tommy John surgery the following day.
"I was somewhat relieved," Lehr said. "I just got by last year. I kept making adjustments, and my arm just got worse. I had recurring pain. I never knew when the last bullet would be."
The 32-year-old Lehr was all smiles on Saturday as he discussed how the surgery will allow him to continue his professional baseball career.
"It's amazing what they can do today," he said. "The way guys are coming back now ... it gives me hope. It's a shot to keep playing. That's all I wanted."
Lehr went 5-3 with a 5.37 ERA in 11 starts, including one complete game in his big league debut for the Reds last year.
Jeff Wallner is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.