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Jeff Francis to start for Reds

CINCINNATI -- The Reds brought up left-hander Jeff Francis from Triple-A Louisville to start the second game of their makeup doubleheader against the San Diego Padres on Thursday.

Francis signed a minor league deal in January after the Rockies let him go. He was 3-5 with a 6.27 ERA in 12 starts and 11 relief appearances for Colorado last season.

The Reds also optioned right-handed reliever Nick Christiani to Louisville and moved right-handed starter Mat Latos to the 60-day disabled list to open a spot on the 40-man roster for Francis.

The Reds still hope to have Latos, who had knee surgery in February, back by early June.