Organizational Injury Report - 7/14 Ailing Catchers

One comes back, but another goes down. Too many lost season shaping up for the Reds. - Andy Lyons

The catchers are hurting, a good chunk of the pitching staff is still missing, Heisey has been a welcome spark since returning, plus minor league injury updates.

The most recent injury news of big concern to the Reds involves the health of the catching tandem. Ryan Hanigan and Devin Mesoraco have both been dealing with problems in the recent week. Since Hanigan's wrist was hurting enough to send him to the DL on July 10, Mesoraco was forced to play despite having back soreness which was clearly causing him great discomfort to try and play through. Corky Miller was recalled from Louisville (or was it the other way around?) to share catching duties in Hanigan's absence (his second this year) and give Mesoraco the necessary rest to heal. With today being the last game before the All-Star break, Hanigan will fortunately not be missing for as many games as would typically be the case.

Since returning from the DL, Chris Heisey has an OPS of 1.135, making his return just in time, since he is about the only player in the lineup to be hitting well in that timeframe. Choo and Votto are the only other regulars who even break the .700 barrier. Hopefully the break can hit the reset button on the offense.

The bullpen continues to await the returns of Sean Marshall and Jonathan Broxton, but since the unit has set a club record for consecutive scoreless innings in their absence, the choice of who will get bumped upon their returns is unexpectedly a very difficult one. It appears that Marshall's self-appointed return date was probably at least two weeks optimistic, and Broxton does not have a timetable (either official or self-determined). As of right now, there is no hurry for either one, since the bullpen has done a 180 and is now perhaps the least of the worries for the Reds.

In the minor leagues, almost all of the injury news over the past two weeks comes from the A- Dayton Dragons. Top prospect Robert Stephenson returned from the DL on July 8 after missing 25 days (including the All-Star game) with a strained hamstring. Fellow pitcher Mike Saunders was placed on the 7-day DL on July 8 with an elbow sprain. SP MO Wiley was demoted to Rookie League affiliate Billings on June 20, which I am assuming was also his activation date from the DL, meaning he spent 63 days on the DL with an undisclosed injury. 1B Carlos Sanchez appears to have been released from the organization, meaning that his injury may have ended his baseball career if he is not picked up by another organization.

At AAA Louisville, SP Armando Galarraga was activated from the 7-day DL on July 10 after spending 14 days sidelined with an elbow strain. Check out Reds injuries here.

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