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ST. LOUIS -- Reds manager Bryan Price confirmed Tuesday that left-hander David Holmberg will be recalled from Triple-A Louisville to start Thursday against the Braves. Cincinnati was short a starter because Homer Bailey is on the disabled list and they used two starting pitchers in Sunday's doubleheader vs. the Rockies.

Holmberg, the Reds' No. 10 prospect, was scratched by Louisville on Monday. He is 1-6 with a 4.64 ERA in 17 starts for the Bats. Over his last 12 starts, his ERA is 3.12.

In Game 2 of a doubleheader for the Reds vs. the Cubs on July 8, Holmberg was called up and didn't fare well. He allowed five earned runs on seven hits, including three homers, and three walks over 2 2/3 innings in a no-decision before a Cincinnati win.

"He was behind a lot and in some bad counts and the Cubs took advantage of it. He made some location mistakes," Price said. "Young guys trying to establish themselves sometimes tend to get out of character. I certainly don't think we saw the best he has to offer, by any means, in that one start."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.

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