CINCINNATI (AP) - The Reds reconfigured their bullpen before the second game of their series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, optioning reliever Curtis Partch to Triple-A Louisville.

Partch had a rough time during a 13-3 loss to the Cardinals in the series opener on Friday night. He relieved Bronson Arroyo in the fourth inning and walked the first three batters he faced, two of them with the bases loaded. He then gave up a two-run double to Jon Jay.

Partch was 0-1 with a 5.89 ERA in 11 appearances.

The Reds got some encouraging news on set-up man Jonathan Broxton, who threw 15 pitches in the bullpen and reported that his elbow felt fine. Broxton has been on the disabled list since June 15 with a sore elbow.

The Reds called up Pedro Villarreal to take Partch's spot in the bullpen until Broxton is ready to return, which could be next week. Broxton expects to pitch again on Sunday, then have a day to see how the elbow reacts.

"I felt good about today," Broxton said. "We'll see tomorrow and go from there."

Broxton began a minor league rehabilitation stint this week and made one appearance for Louisville. He threw to batters in the bullpen on Saturday, simulating an inning.




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