CINCINNATI (AP) -Rookie right-hander Homer Bailey was optioned to the minors Sunday so the Cincinnati Reds' top prospect can keep pitching over the All-Star break.
The Reds called up infielder Pedro Lopez from Triple-A Louisville to take his roster spot and give the team some depth while it struggles with injuries.
The 21-year-old Bailey gave up only two hits and a run in five innings of a 5-4 victory over Arizona on Saturday night. After getting hit hard in his two previous starts, he fixed a flaw in his delivery and looked to be back on track.
Sending him to Louisville will allow Bailey to stay on schedule.
``It wouldn't have happened without the All-Star break,'' general manager Wayne Krivsky said. ``He wouldn't have pitched until eight or nine days from now. He understands completely.''
By bringing up the 23-year-old Lopez, the Reds shored up an injury-thinned roster. Outfielder Josh Hamilton sprained his wrist on Saturday night, a few hours after utility infielder Juan Castro went on the 15-day disabled list with a partially torn ligament in his throwing elbow.

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