Reds option Fisher; Springer expected up

Reds option Fisher; Springer expected up

CINCINNATI -- Following Sunday afternoon's 2-1 victory over Atlanta, the Reds optioned right-hander Carlos Fisher to Triple-A Louisville.

On Monday, Cincinnati is expected to purchase the contract of veteran right-hander Russ Springer.

Springer, who owns a career mark of 36-45 with a 4.52 ERA in 738 appearances, made seven appearances for Triple-A Louisville, allowing just two hits in 6 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out five.

"He adds experience," said Reds manager Dusty Baker. "He's been in pennant races, World Series. We're young [in the bullpen]. We need a stabilizer to go along with Arthur [Rhodes] and [Francisco] Cordero."

Springer has made 14 postseason appearances, including four in the World Series -- most recently with Houston in 2005. The Reds signed the 14-year veteran to a Minor League contract on July 15.

Fisher was 1-1 with a 6.89 ERA in 13 appearances.

Springer is expected to wear No. 50.

Jeff Wallner is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.