Ryan Hanigan is back from the 15-day disabled list and will start behind the plate against the San Diego Padres.
Corky Miller was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a contusion on his right quadricep muscle.
"It's been a grind," Hanigan said. "The training staff has done a good job. I feel good. I've done a lot of different things. I have some strength back. Defensively, I feel fine. The last time I jumped the gun a little too quick. I took eight or nine days off around the All-Star break. I pushed it a little too quickly before. That was my fault. Sitting on the bench isn't fun."
Hanigan has had a lot of bumps and bruises along the way.
"My legs are in good shape," Hanigan said. "I think I'll be strong down the stretch."
Miller was injured on Wednesday in a collision at home plate on a play in which Jay Bruce threw out Alberto Callapso.
'It's good to have Hanigan back. Corky did a good job in the mean time," Dusty Baker said. "Corky came through for us. He came through for us offensively better than we anticipated."
Baker isn't sure how much the lack of a rehab stint will affect his catcher.
"I've seen guys do well without a rehab stint," Baker said. "He wasn't exactly hot when he went down. Sometimes guys can just be natural. I remember Ramon Hernandez didn't go down for a rehab after he was out quite awhile and Benito Santiago when he was here didn't and did ok. This rehab thing is relatively new."