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Reds send C Hanigan to DL

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The Cincinnati Reds placed catcher Ryan Hanigan on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle and called up veteran catcher Corky Miller from Class AAA Louisville on Sunday.

Hanigan, who also had been bothered by a sore right thumb, suffered the oblique injury on Friday night in a game against the Miami Marlins when he reached to catch a high fastball from reliever Aroldis Chapman.

Hanigan has struggled at the plate to start the season, hitting .079 (3 for 38) with two RBI.

Devin Mesoraco will take over behind the plate until Hanigan returns. Mesoraco is hitting .273 with no homers and four RBI in seven games.

Hanigan joins Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick and pitchers Johnny Cueto and Sean Marshall on the disabled list.

"We just have to keep rolling regardless of all these things happening," Reds manager Baker said, according to MLB.com. "Mesoraco is catching better and hitting better. He just has to control the running game. It's hard to control the running game like Hanigan controlled it."
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