Reds Add Speedster For Stretch Run

CINCINNATI (AP) - The Reds have added outfielder Billy Hamilton - one of professional baseball's fastest players - to help them try to catch the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Central.

Cincinnati called up Hamilton and infielder Neftali Soto from Triple-A Louisville on Monday before the opener of a four-game series against St. Louis. The Reds also reinstated catcher Corky Miller from the 15-day disabled list. Miller had been sidelined by a bruised thigh.

It's Hamilton's first promotion to the majors. Last year, he set a professional baseball single-season record by stealing 175 bases in Class A and Double-A. He was promoted to Triple-A for the first time this season and stole 75 bases - he was caught 15 times - while batting .256 in 123 games.


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