CINCINNATI (AP) -The Reds activated left-handed reliever Mike Stanton from the 15-day disabled list Thursday, making him available to pitch to Barry Bonds in the final game of a series against the San Francisco Giants.
The Reds also optioned right-hander Brad Salmon to Triple-A Louisville.
The 40-year-old Stanton pulled a hamstring while running out a ground ball on June 16. He pitched one game on a rehabilitation assignment for Class A Dayton on Wednesday night, the final test for his leg.
Bonds is 4-for-11 in his career against Stanton with three doubles and no homers. His return gave interim manager Pete Mackanin another option to face a left-handed batter late in a game.
Stanton is 1-2 with a 4.44 ERA in 21 games. Salmon went 0-1 with a 3.92 ERA in 21 games.
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