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05/05/08 7:20 PM ET

Reds activate Weathers from DL

To make room for reliever, Bray sent down to Triple-A

CINCINNATI -- As expected, reliever David Weathers was activated from the 15-day disabled list before Monday's game against the Cubs.

To make room for Weathers, lefty reliever Bill Bray was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.

Weathers went on the DL on April 20 because of ulnar nerve irritation in his right elbow. In three Minor League rehab assignment outings (one at Triple-A Louisville and two at Class A Dayton), he threw three perfect innings.

Bray had a 0.00 ERA in four games, but he let three of his four inherited runners score -- including three during Sunday's 14-7 loss to the Braves. That was his third appearance in three days.

Manager Dusty Baker was pleased with Bray's performance, and he indicated he could be back in the Majors sooner than later.

"I told him to go down and do what he was doing," Baker said. "He wasn't sent down because he wasn't pitching well. He did a great job for us. The fact it was the first time he's gone three days in a row in who knows how long, he probably wouldn't have been available for a couple of days. The young man has options."

Bray missed time in Spring Training with a sore left shoulder, and he began the season at Louisville, where he posted a 1.04 ERA and struck out 14 in eight appearances before his April 28 recall.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.