Hanigan could return to action Monday

Hanigan could return to action Monday

Hanigan could return to action Monday

ARLINGTON -- Including the club's off-day on Thursday, Sunday marked the fifth straight day out of action for Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan. He has been out with a sore left ankle.

Devin Mesoraco has done all the catching in Hanigan's place. Mesoraco has been bothered by a sore knee but can play through it.

There is a chance that Hanigan could return on Monday when the Reds open a seven-game homestand against the Giants.

"He had a little hop in his step yesterday," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Before, he had a little hitch in his step. It looks like he is walking normal. It doesn't mean he's 100 percent. We've just got to make it through the break. I've just got to watch him. There's a difference between being hurt and being injured."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.