Francisco optioned as Bailey comes off DL

Francisco optioned as Bailey comes off DL

CINCINNATI -- Before Sunday's game, the Reds activated starting pitcher Homer Bailey from the disabled list so he could face the Marlins in their series finale.

To make room for Bailey, third baseman Juan Francisco was optioned to Triple-A Louisville. Francisco was recalled Aug. 3 when Orlando Cabrera was placed on the DL. He batted .375 (6-for-16) with four RBIs over nine games during his second big league stint.

"He did an outstanding job," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We didn't want to send him down. We didn't want to send anybody out. We needed Homer's spot today."

Bailey had been on the DL since May 24 because of right shoulder inflammation.

Baker pointed out that several spots will be needed soon. Cabrera is eligible to be activated Wednesday, and pitchers Aaron Harang and Russ Springer also need to come off the DL soon. Pitcher Travis Wood is likely to be recalled from Louisville this week to rejoin the rotation.

"We'll do what's best for the club and try to explain it the best we can to whoever until Sept. 1," Baker said. "One thing we'll be is as honest as we can with them."

Rosters expand on Sept. 1, which means the Reds will be allowed to bring back players like Francisco.