ST. LOUIS (AP) -The Cincinnati Reds activated outfielder Josh Hamilton from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and recalled righty reliever Todd Coffey from Triple-A Louisville.
The Reds also set top prospect Homer Bailey's major league debut for Friday. The seventh overall pick in the 2004 draft, the righty will start at home against the Cleveland Indians.
The 21-year-old Bailey was the team's minor league player of the year last season. He was 6-1 with a 2.31 ERA in 10 starts at Louisville this year.
Hamilton had been on the DL since May 22 with gastroenteritis, an inflamed digestive tract. He was batting .261 with eight home runs and 18 RBIs.
Hamilton hit .333 with four homers and six RBIs in six rehab games at Louisville, and was batting second in the opener of a three-game series against the Cardinals.
Coffey began the season with the Reds and was 1-1 with a 4.94 ERA in 26 appearances before being optioned to the minors on May 24. In six games covering 5 2-3 innings with Louisville he didn't allow a run and had nine strikeouts.
The Reds optioned right-hander Brad Salmon to Louisville. Outfielder Dewayne Wise cleared waivers and was outrighted to Louisville.
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