Catcher Ryan Hanigan is set to begin a rehab stint in the minors. He’ll return to Cincinnati with the team today.

He’ll be examined Monday by medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek. If he’s cleared – and given the Johnny Cueto situation that’s not a lock –he’ll go out on rehab. He’s not sure where.

“They haven’t said exactly yet,” Hanigan said. “There’s been some talk. A lot of the teams are on the road. I might have to meet one of the teams on the road.”

Hanigan has been on the disabled list since April 21 with a strained left oblique. He’s also dealing with a right thumb issue.

“Everything feels good,” he said. “I’ve been getting back into doing baseball stuff. It’s gone pretty well. I’ve got the strength back in my thumb, which is really important.”

The thumb was actually the bigger issue.

“For sure,” he said. “The oblique was something I had been dealing with. That cold weather didn’t help it. That one move I made didn’t help it either. But that was much more isolated. It wasn’t a big muscle. The shot they gave me really helped.”

Hanigan was hitting .079 when he went on the DL. The thumb contributed to that. The Reds want him swinging well and the thumb strong when he returns.