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09/02/08 8:15 PM ET

Ramirez, Burton rejoin Reds

Pair of pitchers will add depth to Cincinnati bullpen

CINCINNATI -- In expected moves following Monday's expansion of rosters to 40 players, the Reds recalled pitcher Ramon Ramirez and activated reliever Jared Burton from the 15-day disabled list.

In what was technically a "paper move," Ramirez was optioned to Class A Sarasota after he made his Major League debut on Saturday against the Giants. Filling in for the injured Johnny Cueto, he gave up three earned runs and five hits over seven innings. Ramirez struck out six and walked two during a no-decision.

Ramirez remained in Cincinnati in anticipation of his recall. The right-hander will not go back into the rotation for now.

"We're going to use him in the [bullpen]," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He's been in the 'pen before, and he can do both. He might get another start before the season is over."

In 30 games, including 24 starts with Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville this season, Ramirez was 6-8 with a 3.59 ERA.

Burton has not pitched since July 10 because of a strained latissimus muscle in his right side. He entered play on Tuesday with a 4-1 record and a 2.23 ERA.

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