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Reds to call up Axelrod for Thursday start

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CINCINNATI -- Right-handed pitcher Dylan Axelrod will be recalled from Triple-A Louisville to start on Thursday vs. the Cubs, the Reds announced on Tuesday.

Axelrod was called up Aug. 16 to replace injured Homer Bailey in the rotation, but his start at Colorado was postponed because of a water main break near Coors Field. After he pitched Game 2 of a doubleheader the following day -- a 10-5 Reds loss to the Rockies, during which he gave up two runs and seven hits over six innings for a no-decision -- he was sent back down, because the club needed another starter on Thursday vs. the Braves.

"I intend to get a good look at Dylan and give him every opportunity to pitch down the stretch for us and show his value to the organization," Reds manager Bryan Price said.

Axelrod last pitched on Friday for Louisville vs. Columbus, giving up two runs on four hits over seven innings.

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