CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds called up infielder Neftali Soto before the start of their weekend series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday, giving them another right-handed hitter off the bench.
It's Soto's second stint with Cincinnati. He made his major league debut in May and went 0 for 1 before being sent back to Triple-A Louisville. He batted .278 for Louisville with 11 homers and 45 RBIs.
Soto fills the spot opened when left-hander Tony Cingrani was optioned to Louisville on Wednesday. The Reds want Cingrani to make a start in the minors so he's not rusty when they bring him back to start in San Francisco on Tuesday. The game will be part of a doubleheader that makes up a game rained out in Cincinnati on July 4