CINCINNATI -- In his first rehab assignment game for Class A Dayton on Tuesday, corner infielder Jack Hannahan went 1-for-3 with an RBI double. Hannahan was the designated hitter, which will be his position for a while as the Reds have accelerated his timetable, somewhat.
"We're allowing him to go out and play before he's actually ready to play a position," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "The accelerated portion is on the front end where we're getting him at-bats before we're comfortable with him playing defense.
"Once the defense comes, he's going to start at first [base] and graduate to third base. If he can come here and do some things for us off the bench, even if he's not quite ready to play third base, it would at least be an option for us moving forward."
Hannahan still isn't throwing and would need to do cutoff relays and those types of plays before getting cleared to play defense. Hitting-wise, he's not considered close to returning to the Reds.
"He's not 15-20 at-bats from being able to help us here," Price said. "He's going to have to get significant playing time and at-bats to get ready to hit Major League pitching."
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