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Durable Hanigan shows no signs of weariness

Durable Hanigan shows no signs of weariness

Durable Hanigan shows no signs of weariness
SAN FRANCISCO -- Even before the postseason, Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan was already well past his career high for games caught in a season.

After playing 91 games in 2011, his previous high, Hanigan was the primary catcher this season and appeared in 112 games, with 98 starts.

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"I feel great," Hanigan said of his workload. "I think I'm getting smarter at figuring out my routine and the types of things I have to do postgame and pregame and overall as the year goes. I'm a little smarter about making sure I put in the extra time to work on my body. It's something you learn as you get older.

"I trained for it in the offseason to be a starting guy and to catch as many games as they want me out there. I always tell them to run me out there and that I'm ready for whatever. I would never tell them I'm not ready to play because of that."

This season, Hanigan established career bests with a .274 average and .365 on-base percentage. He had two homers and 24 RBIs. Defensively, he had a tremendous season -- his pitchers' 3.05 ERA when he catches was lowest in the Majors, and he threw out a National League best 48 percent (34-of-66) runners attempting to steal.

Hanigan has had a history of reduced production when he plays a lot of games. He batted .200 in September with a .286 OBP. But the Reds also gave Dioner Navarro more games down the stretch.

If need be, Hanigan was prepared to catch every game for the Reds during the postseason.

"Nothing hurts. I'm ready to roll," Hanigan said. "It's obviously a long year for a catcher, but it's been exciting and fun. There's nothing wrong with me. I'm ready to go as much as they want to use me, and let's try and get this thing done."

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