• With the first half of this week's four-game series with the Indians at Progressive Field, Jack Hannahan assumed designated hitter duties for the Reds on Monday. After missing the entire first half due to offseason shoulder surgery, the former Tribe infielder is 0-for-9 in four games since being activated from the disabled list late last month.
"He has to stay integrated with what we're doing," Price said. "If he's going to pinch-hit once or twice a week, it's going to be real hard for him to stay on top of his swing coming off of his injuries. … These are the opportunities."
• Second baseman Brandon Phillips, who is recovering from July left thumb surgery, remains limited to fielding grounders, throwing and conditioning workouts. He has not begun to take swings of any sort.
• Left-hander Tony Cingrani (shoulder strain) recently resumed his throwing program and did not experience any discomfort. The pitcher was placed on the Triple-A Louisville disabled list in late June.
Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.