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Edmonds beat the Reds with a pinch-hit homer off Bronson Arroyo in Milwaukee on July 26. He’s been limited by the Achilles’ problem since early July.

“I think I mentioned after he hit the home run off Arroyo after the game that this guy’s got a great feel for the game,” Macha said. “He studies pitchers, knows the situation. That’s a veteran guy that I hope our younger guys listened to.”

Dickerson has missed most of the season because of a broken bone in his right hand that required surgery. He batted .205 in 20 games before being injured. He has been on a rehabilitation assignment in the minors.

To open a roster spot for Edmonds, the Reds optioned left-hander Travis Wood to Triple-A Louisville. The rookie has been one of the Reds‘ most consistent starters, but was going to have to miss his next turn in the rotation because the Reds have two days off in the next week.

The Reds plan to have Wood make one start in the minors, then bring him back when he’s needed again.

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AP Sports Writer Colin Fly and freelance writer Joe Totoraitis in Milwaukee contributed to this report.