CINCINNATI -- Reds outfielder Chris Heisey, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 29, is expected to begin a rehab assignment on Monday with Double-A Pensacola.
Heisey, who heads for Pensacola on Sunday, was injured on April 27 trying to beat out a double play vs. the Nationals. He is batting .173 with two home runs and five RBIs in 23 games.
"We hope he goes out to play," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Even though he wasn't doing quite as well as he wanted to or we wanted to, we still need him, especially [with] our left-handed strong lineup and especially off the bench."
Reserve outfielder Derrick Robinson has been limited in recent games because of a sore oblique. A switch-hitter, Robinson has been unable to bat from the left side.
"I'm feeling a lot better. Today is the first day I can do everything," Robinson said.
Reds activate Hanigan from disabled list
CINCINNATI -- The Reds activated catcher Ryan Hanigan from the 15-day disabled list on Friday, while catcher Corky Miller was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 25-man roster.
Hanigan went on the DL April 21 with a strained left oblique and a sore right thumb. He was 3-for-8 with two RBIs in three games during a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville.
"I got to see some pitching and do some squatting and I think it was pretty good," Hanigan said. "Everything healed up pretty good. I feel like I got the strength back in the thumb, so that's important. Just getting some reps down there obviously, because it's been a little bit of a layoff, is good. I feel ready."
Devin Mesoraco did most of the catching while Hanigan was out, with Miller batting .125 (2-for-16) in six games.
If there was a silver lining to being on the DL, it's that Hanigan will get a chance to reboot his season after a bad start. He was batting .079 (3-for-38) when he went down.
"He's certainly a lot better than that," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "I told him to start the year over. There's nothing you can do about yesterday. You can't bring it back."
"There's no excuses," Hanigan said. "I'm not going to chalk up my performance to anything like [injuries], but it's nice to be able to be fresh and healthy. This game is tough enough as it is. I'm excited to help the team any way I can and hopefully get on a little roll here with the team and the ball rolling in the right direction."
Hanigan was in the starting lineup for Friday's series opener vs. the Brewers.
"We need him back, too, because these guys run a lot and Hani usually shuts down the running game," said Baker, who noted that Mesoraco would catch for pitcher Mat Latos on Saturday.
Cueto reports no ill-effects after rehab start
CINCINNATI -- Reds ace Johnny Cueto reported no issues the day after he threw 50 pitches over three innings in a rehab start for Class A Dayton on Thursday.
"I feel happy. I feel good," Cueto said via translator Tomas Vera.
Cueto gave up one run on four hits, walked none and struck out four.
The Reds placed Cueto on the 15-day disabled list on April 15 with a strained right lat. He was set to begin a rehab assignment last week when he felt soreness in his right oblique. He rested for a few more days before he resumed throwing.
Cueto is slated to pitch again for Dayton on Tuesday.
"I think I need another outing, and that's what we'll do," Cueto said. "And after that, God willing, I will be activated."
Latos goes from pitcher to spectator
CINCINNATI -- Why would a Major League pitcher go to a Minor League game to see a teammate throw? In Mat Latos' case, his plans changed and he had nothing better going on.
While Reds ace Johnny Cueto was pitching in a rehab assignment for Class A Dayton, Latos and his wife, Dallas, were among those in the seats at Fifth Third Field. Originally, the Latos' had plans to see a different Minor League game involving Padres prospect pitcher John Hussey, a former teammate in Fort Wayne.
"I got a text message that said 'I got called up to Lake Elsinore, so we're not going to be there Thursday,'" Latos said on Friday. "Johnny is throwing in Dayton and Dayton is only an hour away and Fort Wayne is like 3 ½ [hours]. We just drove to Dayton to watch him throw. It was kind of weird sitting in the stands at a Minor League game."
As a member of the Padres organization, Latos spent parts of two seasons in the Midwest, but missed pitching or traveling in Dayton. During one trip, he was injured and he was promoted just before the other.
"It was interesting to say the least," Latos said. "It was a packed freaking house. Everybody was real nice. I was just hanging out watching the game. Johnny was throwing good. I didn't go there for brownie points or anything else. I just didn't have anything to do."