MLB notebook: Reds' Phillips returns from DL

| Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, 7:54 p.m.

The slumping Cincinnati Reds activated Brandon Phillips from the 15-day disabled list and inserted the second baseman into their starting lineup at St. Louis.

Phillips was placed on the DL on July 11 after he had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. He was batting sixth in Monday night's opener of a three-game set against the Cardinals.

Phillips' return comes at a crucial time for Cincinnati, which was swept in a doubleheader Sunday at Colorado and is barely hanging on in the playoff race.

The Reds also activated reliever Logan Ondrusek from the DL and optioned right-hander Dylan Axelrod and catcher Tucker Barnhart to Triple-A Louisville.

Angels' Hamilton rests again

Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton was out of the lineup again for Monday night's game against the Red Sox, a day after asking for a day off.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Hamilton needed another day to relax and he would be coming to the park early Tuesday to work on things.

Hamilton is hitting .266 with eight homers and 35 RBIs. He has just two homers and three RBIs this month.

Mets' Colon on bereavement leave

Bartolo Colon will be placed on the bereavement list Tuesday, and reliever Gonzalez Germen will take his spot. Colon will miss at least three games and up to seven.

Colon was scheduled to start Monday, but he left the team to be with his mother in the Dominican Republic. She is extremely ill, manager Terry Collins said.

Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka could be activated from the DL to replace Colon. Matsuzaka (elbow inflammation) made a rehab start Saturday, allowing one run and three hits over six innings for Double-A Binghamton.

Red Sox send Bradley to Triple-A

The Red Sox optioned center fielder Jackie Bradley to Triple-A Pawtucket and recalled outfielder/infielder Mookie Betts. Boston manager John Farrell said Bradley was sent down to work on changes in his swing. The 24-year old was hitting .216 with one homer and 30 RBIs in 112 games.

Nationals sign ex-Cub OF Schierholtz

The Nationals agreed to a minor league deal with Nate Schierholtz and assigned the veteran outfielder to Triple-A Syracuse. Schierholtz hit .192 with six homers in 99 games with Chicago before he was designated for assignment Aug. 6.

D-backs recall reliever Harris

The Diamondbacks recalled right-hander Will Harris from Triple-A Reno and optioned right-hander Bradin Hagens to their top farm club.

This will be Harris' third stint with Arizona this season. He's 0-2 with a 9.24 ERA in 12 relief appearances. In 73 career games with the Diamondbacks, Harris is 4-3 with a 4.13 ERA.

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