The Reds called up Billy Hamilton - one of professional baseball's fastest players - on Monday to help them try to catch the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Central.
Cincinnati promoted the 22-year-old outfielder and infielder Neftali Soto from Triple-A Louisville 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.
The defending NL Central champions were in third place heading into Monday's game, 3 1/2 games behind the Cardinals and Pirates, who were tied for first.
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.
''Just run bases, play defense - whatever they need me for, I'm here,'' Hami...