Axelrod sent down after impressive debut

Axelrod sent down after impressive debut

ST. LOUIS -- As part of the roster moves to activated Brandon Phillips and Logan Ondrusek from the disabled list, starting Dylan Axelrod was optioned to Triple-A Louisville after a nice Reds debut Sunday night.

Axelrod, who was called up Saturday to replace the injured Homer Bailey, pitched Sunday's Game 2 -- a 10-5 Reds loss to the Rockies. But the right-hander gave up two runs and seven hits over six innings for a no-decision. Because of the doubleheader, Cincinnati needs another starter to come up on Thursday vs. the Braves.

"Knowing we were going to need a fresh arm on Thursday to start and not going to need six starters, that necessitated Dylan going out even though he didn't deserve to go out," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "Had we not had the water main break [to postpone Saturday's game], he'd just be part of our regular five man rotation. He did nothing but impress us. I'm sure we'll see him back here."

Price did not announce his plan for Thursday, but Louisville did scratch Monday's scheduled starter, David Holmberg.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.