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Choo, Hanigan still dealing with injuries


GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds center fielder Shin-Soo Choo and catcher Ryan Hanigan are improving, but still not back in the lineup after dealing with minor injuries.

Neither player has been in the lineup the past three games. Choo is bothered by a tight right quadriceps. Hanigan has a sore left oblique muscle.

"They're doing pretty good. I don't think they're ready," Reds manager Dusty Baker said Sunday. "If it was later in the spring, I think they'd be ready. They're disappointed not to play, especially Choo. I've got to do what I've got to do."

Baker has been pleased with Choo's adjustment to center field but believes there is more than just getting repetition at the new position.

"He has to get used to who he's playing beside more than anything," Baker said. "He has to get used to [Ryan] Ludwick and [Jay] Bruce and Ludwick and [Chris] Heisey. He has to get used to our second baseman going out as far as he does, Brandon Phillips. He has to get used to how far [Zack] Cozart goes so you don't have any collisions. These are things where you have to get to know each other. It's tougher here because these fields are not [similar] to the fields they're going to be playing on. At least it's better than not being familiar with them at all.

"It won't take him long to get used to center field. It will take him longer to used to the guys he's around."

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