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Choo, Hanigan out of lineup with minor injuries


SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Reds scratched a pair of regular players from Friday's starting lineup against the Royals.

Center fielder Shin-Soo Choo remained at the Reds' complex with tightness in his right quadriceps muscle. Catcher Ryan Hanigan had irritation in his left oblique area. Neither injury was considered serious.

"[Choo] is just tight. Hanigan is a little tight," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "This is the aches and pains of Spring Training, and the aches and pains of not having much time [before games start]. Choo works hard and is in shape, so is Hanigan. They are hard-working guys. Both of them are off tomorrow, too."

The new Reds leadoff hitter after his trade from the Indians, Choo is batting .273 (3-for-11) in five games this spring. He's also making the position switch from right field to center field, which Baker felt was going well.

"My read is he's taking good routes," Baker said. "He backs up. He runs. He hustles. He can throw."

Hanigan, the Reds' primary catcher, is batting .200 (1-for-5) in three games.

Ryan LaMarre started in center field for Choo while Devin Mesoraco caught in Hanigan's place.

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