Reds activate Fred Lewis

Chicago Cubs second baseman Blake DeWitt tags out Cincinnati Reds left fielder Fred Lewis as he...

Chicago Cubs second baseman Blake DeWitt tags out Cincinnati Reds left fielder Fred Lewis as he tried to steal in the first inning during a MLB spring training baseball game in Goodyear, March 6, 2011. (REUTERS/Rick Scuteri)

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The Cincinnati Reds have activated outfielder Fred Lewis off the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Jeremy Hermida to Triple-A Louisville.

Lewis had been on the disabled list all season because of a strained right oblique muscle. He played 15 games in a minor league rehab assignment and batted .279.

The 30-year-old veteran is in his first season with Cincinnati after signing as a free agent in February. He spent the 2010 campaign with Toronto after playing his first four years with San Francisco, and is a career .272 hitter in 436 big league games.

Hermida had appeared in 10 games for the Reds this season and had just two hits, including a homer, in 18 at-bats.


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