Tuesday was a big day for catcher Ryan Hanigan, who took early batting practice and long-tossed on the field at Busch Stadium for the first time since going on the 15-day disabled list.
Hanigan began the stint on April 21 because of a strained left oblique and a sore right thumb.
"It's made a lot of progress, definitely," Hanigan said. "There's still a little bit of healing to do, but I've got the strength back [in my thumb], which is No. 1."
Hanigan recently received a cortisone injection in his oblique area to get some relief.
"They got it right on the spot, and it really helped," he said.