Herrera sent down to make room for Wood

Herrera sent down to make room for Wood

CINCINNATI -- To make room for the callup of starting pitcher Travis Wood, the Reds optioned lefty reliever Daniel Ray Herrera to Triple-A Louisville after Wednesday's 4-3 win vs. the Phillies.

It's been an inconsistent season for Herrera, who was 1-3 with a 3.91 ERA in 36 games but had 11 of his 39 inherited runners score. He retired 23 of 36 first batters faced.

Herrera spent all of 2009 in the big leagues and had a strong season. His roster spot seemed in peril for the last few weeks, but the writing was really on the wall once the Reds called up lefty reliever Bill Bray on Sunday.

"We sent him down there to get his act together and find his control," Reds manager Dusty Baker said of Herrera. "Usually he's a guy that can throw wherever he wants to throw it. It seems like the last couple of months, he's been in and out with control and location. He will be back."