CINCINNATI -- Since his arrival, rookie reserve outfielder Derrick Robinson has established himself as the Reds' fastest player. Robinson's speed has been exciting and it helped create scoring chances, including scoring the winning run vs. the Phillies on Monday.
"It's part of my game," Robinson said of his speed. "Any chance I get, I take advantage of my God-given ability to run."
Robinson's quickness prompted a question: Could he outrun Reds top prospect Billy Hamilton in a race?
"It probably would never happen, but I wouldn't be against it though. I grew up my whole life racing," Robinson said on Friday. "He's definitely quick, real fast. He uses his speed good on the basepaths and the outfield."
Hamilton stole a record 155 bases last season in the Minors. Robinson's career high is 69 stolen bases, set in 2009 at the Class A level.
The 25-year-old was a high school quarterback in Gainesville, Fla., and was recruited to be a cornerback for the University of Florida. He did run track, but just once.
"I ran one event in high school -- the 4x100 with the track team against a rival school that wanted to challenge us," Robinson said. "I just did that one event. We won."
Hanigan still nursing injured right thumb
CINCINNATI -- Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan's right thumb is still hurting more than a week after it was injured on a foul tip. Hanigan, who was wearing a wrap on his hand Friday, is doing all he can to not let it affect his play.
"I'm just going to keep going through it," Hanigan said. "I can manage it enough in games to get through. I'm trying to produce for these guys. It's going to linger. I've taken my medicine and have done everything I can for it. But when it gets in that joint like that, it's going to be painful."
Hanigan was hurt last week at St. Louis when a ball hit by the Cardinals' Matt Carpenter went off of his thumb during a hit-and-run play.
It's been a rough start to the season for Hanigan, who entered Friday batting just .086 (3-for-35) in 11 games. Devin Mesoraco caught for Cincinnati on Wednesday and Thursday. Hanigan took some extra swings in the cage on Thursday. He had an MRI exam of his thumb, but there has been no discussion of placing him on the disabled list, according to manager Dusty Baker.
"It's the lack of strength that can be an issue, but I can put it out of my mind during games enough to not let it affect me too much," Hanigan said. "Like anything with your hands, it's a pain ... . I'll keep doing my treatment and hopefully I will wake up one of these days and I will have the strength back that I need."
Baker wasn't too concerned about Hanigan's lack of hitting production.
"Hanigan calls a good game. That's your catcher's No. 1 job -- to catch," Baker said. "When you're a catcher, it comes with the territory. Look at Johnny Bench's hands. His fingers look like a defensive end from football."
Arroyo, Hanigan express concern, hope for Boston
CINCINNATI -- As the world has its attention on Boston following Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon and the manhunt for the two suspects, members of the Reds are also watching events unfold.
The city of Boston was in lockdown Friday, as residents were told to stay inside all day. The Red Sox's series opener vs. the Royals was postponed, as was a Bruins hockey game. While one suspect was killed in the shootout in suburban Watertown, Mass., the second suspect remained at large and was believed to be heavily armed and dangerous.
Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo was with the Red Sox from 2003-05 and lived in the city's Back Bay neighborhood, blocks from where the bombings occurred near the race's finish line, killing three and injuring over 170 people.
"It's crazy for it to be anywhere, but I am familiar with where these guys are roaming around and having shootouts," Arroyo said. "It's definitely weird to see a Google Earth image of where these guys are blowing things up and having shootouts, and that I have lived within blocks of that. I've traveled those roads a good bit. And I still have a lot friends living up there that are in lockdown at their houses. It's a strange vibe."
Arroyo's girlfriend has been in contact with their friends via text messages. Catcher Ryan Hanigan, a native of suburban Andover, Mass., also is trying to keep tabs on people he knows in the area.
"It's hard to imagine that populated of town is deserted. Everyone is inside," Hanigan said. "I've never ever seen anything but bustling on the streets. It's intense. It was my backyard. I spent a lot of time in that city and the different towns around Boston. It's unfortunate.
"I'm happy they have a lock on who these guys are and they're doing a great job to try and end the situation. That will give people peace of mind. Maybe it will give a little bit of closure to some of the families."
Both Arroyo and Hanigan agreed that Boston will rally after the week's events.
"I think the type of people that live in New England and the way they view the world, they will be as resilient as anyone in America," Arroyo said. "I think they will bounce back from this pretty quick."
"They're the type of people that can push through adversity," Hanigan said. "I'm sure they will in this case, and unite together even more."