PITTSBURGH -- Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan hasn't just gotten hot at the plate, he's gotten historically hot.
Hanigan was hitless in two plate appearances after entering a 5-3 loss to the Pirates on Saturday as a pinch-hitter, but coming into the day, he was 8-for-12 with three home runs and eight RBIs over his previous three games.According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Reds player to have at least eight hits and eight runs batted in over three straight games -- all as a catcher -- was Johnny Bench in 1972.
It's even more encouraging because Hanigan batted .227 with only one RBI in July. There was a reason behind that. On July 8 at Milwaukee, he suffered a sore left shoulder when Nyjer Morgan slammed into him to score during a nasty home-plate collision. "That collision really hurt his mobility in his shoulder, badly," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He's really been nursing that for a while. He was even close to maybe going on the DL 10 days ago, but he's getting better. This is what pros and tough guys do -- they find a way to adjust things to be able to play." Hanigan's overall batting average has increased from .244 to .265 with six home runs and 29 RBIs. He was 2-for-4 on Friday with a homer and three RBIs. On Thursday in Washington, he had a 4-for-4 game. And on Wednesday against the Padres, he had a two-homer, five-RBI game. "I've been getting treatment. It's been an issue, but I think some of the rehab stuff I've been doing lately is helping," Hanigan said on Saturday. "It's still sore. It stems from the collision. I've been managing it. My swing feels good, and things are loosening up a little bit."