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Reds revamp bullpen for series vs Braves

Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher J.J. Hoover  stands on the mound after walking St. Louis Cardinals' Jhonny Peralta to load the bases during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane) Photo:

Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher J.J. Hoover stands on the mound after walking St. Louis Cardinals' Jhonny Peralta to load the bases during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds revamped their struggling bullpen before the start of a series against Atlanta on Thursday, sending right-handers J.J. Hoover and Carlos Contreras to Triple-A Louisville.

Cincinnati called up right-handed reliever Pedro Villarreal and left-hander David Holmberg from Louisville to start the opening game of the series. Holmberg started the second game of a doubleheader on July 8, getting no decision in a 6-5 win over the Cubs.

The bullpen has fallen apart since the All-Star break, going 0-10 with a 4.69 ERA. Hoover was 1-10 with a 5.27 ERA. He hit a batter with the bases loaded in the ninth inning of a 5-4 loss in St. Louis on Tuesday. Contreras was 0-1 with a 6.11 ERA.

Villarreal has spent the entire season at Louisville.

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