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Reds reinstate Billy Hamilton, call up Brandon Finnegan, among others

Holy roster expansion!

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The Cincinnati Reds made a flurry of moves on Tuesday morning, one of which included the return of Billy Hamilton from the shoulder injury that has cost him several weeks on the 15-day DL.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Reds promote from Louisville Cingrani, Finnegan, Smith and Negron. Reinstate from the disabled list Hamilton and Boesch.</p>&mdash; Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) <a href="">September 8, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Hamilton went 3 for 11 with 3 BBs, 2 Ks, and a lone stolen base in his 3 game rehab stint with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, and it's likely that he'll return to his regular role as the everyday CF with fingers crossed that he can show something positive at the plate before the end of the season.  So far, he's hit  just .226/.272/.290 in 428 MLB PA in 2015.

Each of Brandon Finnegan, Tony Cingrani, and Josh Smith will have chances to eat innings down the stretch, with Finnegan obviously hoping his MLB starting debut with the Reds goes much better than his starts with the Louisville Bats have.

As for Kris Negron and Brennan Boesch, both will likely be primarily reserves far down the bench.  In reality, each will need to show something above and beyond what they have to this point to hold on to 40-man roster spots as the next wave of prospects is added prior to next season's rule 5 draft, since neither Negron or Boesch has provided the kind of production the Reds had hoped for when they opened the season as bench options.