ST. LOUIS -- When the Reds resume play vs. the Cardinals on Tuesday following Monday's off-day, they will have Josh Hamilton back and reinforcement for the bullpen. As expected, Hamilton will be activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game. The club will also recall reliever Todd Coffey from Triple-A Louisville. To make room on the 25-man roster, outfielder Dewayne Wise will be designated for assignment and reliever Brad Salmon will be to optioned to Louisville.
Hamilton had been away from the Reds since May 22 because of gastroenteritis. During a six-game rehabilitation assignment, the 26-year-old was 8-for-24 (.333) with four home runs and six RBIs. Before going down with his stomach ailment, Hamilton was batting .261 with eight homers and 18 RBIs in 37 games for Cincinnati. Coming back from a near four-year layoff from the game because of drug suspension, he was named the National League's Rookie of the Month in April. Coffey was 1-1 with a 4.94 ERA in 26 appearances for the Reds before his May 24 demotion to Louisville. The right-hander had control issues before being sent down. He walked nine batters and hit four more while allowing six home runs in 23 2/3 innings. At Louisville, Coffey had six scoreless appearances (5 2/3 innings) with one walk and nine strikeouts. Salmon was 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 11 relief appearances. The rookie had struggled recently, including his last outing, where he walked the only two batters he faced with two outs in the seventh inning of Friday's game at Colorado. Wise, a reserve outfielder, saw limited action and was 1-for-5 in five games.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.