Hanigan spells Hernandez behind plate

Hanigan spells Hernandez behind plate

CINCINNATI -- Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan is often paired with Bronson Arroyo, and Thursday vs. the Cardinals was no different. Regular catcher Ramon Hernandez also got the day off after the night game.

And those were just two of the reasons.

"It's both. The timing is perfect for it," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Ramon hadn't caught two nine-inning games in a row at Spring Training. He's looking pretty good. We've got to keep him healthy. Arroyo and Hanigan work well together."

Through the first two games, Hernandez is 2-for-6 (.333) with a walk, including a double and run scored in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to St. Louis. He led the club in hitting during Spring Training with a .424 average.

Hanigan started 72 games last season, in part because Hernandez missed two months to have left knee surgery. Hernandez showed no signs of soreness during camp.