Reds call up speedster Billy Hamilton

CINCINNATI -- The Reds have added outfielder Billy Hamilton -- one of professional baseball's fastest players -- to help them try to catch the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Central.

Cincinnati called up Hamilton and infielder Neftali Soto from Triple-A Louisville on Monday before the opener of a four-game series against St. Louis. The Reds also reinstated catcher Corky Miller from the 15-day disabled list. Miller had been sidelined by a bruised thigh.

It's Hamilton's first promotion to the majors. Last year, he set a professional baseball season record by stealing 175 bases in Class A and Double-A. He was promoted to Triple-A for the first time this season and stole 75 bases -- he was caught 15 times -- while batting .256 in 123 games.