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Luke Hudson


Hudson allowed 11 runs in 1-3 of an inning on Sunday in the Kansas City Royals' 13-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians. Hudson walked three and gave up a grand slam in that span.


The Royals purchased Hudson's contract from Triple-A Omaha on Friday.


On the disabled list with shoulder inflammation since the start of the season, Hudson was activated Thursday in order to start the Reds' evening contest against Tampa Bay. The 28-year-old righthander made nine starts and was 4-2 with a 2.42 ERA in an impressive rookie season in 2004. To make room for Hudson, Cincinnati optioned righthander Elizardo Ramirez to Triple-A Louisville.


The Cincinnati Reds officially placed Hudson on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with inflammation in his pitching shoulder. Before the season, the righthander was in line to grab one of the five starting spots in Cincinnati's rotation, but his ailment is likely to keep him sidelined for much of April. He went 4-2 with a 2.42 ERA in nine starts with the Reds in 2004.

Brandon Claussen will fill the No. 5 hole for the time being.