Reds activate center fielder Billy Hamilton off DL, add 5 others

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds have activated center fielder Billy Hamilton before the second game of their series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Hamilton had been sidelined since he hurt his right shoulder while diving for a ball on Aug. 18. He had a three-game rehab stint. Hamilton leads the majors with 54 stolen bases in 61 attempts, two shy of his mark from last season.

The Reds also activated outfielder Brennan Boesch off the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. He had been sidelined with a sprained right ankle. In addition, Cincinnati called up left-hander Tony Cingrani, left-hander Brandon Finnegan, right-hander Josh Smith and utility player Kristopher Negron from Triple-A Louisville.

The Reds got Finnegan in the July trade that sent Johnny Cueto to Kansas City.