CINCINNATI (AP) _ The Cincinnati Reds' effort to rehabilitate closer Mark Wohlers moves to the next stage on Sunday.

The right-hander is to make his first official appearance in the Reds organization when he travels to Toledo to pitch an inning or two for the Triple-A Indianapolis affiliate.

Wohlers, acquired from the Atlanta Braves on April 16 for reliever John Hudek, showed some encouraging signs during a spotty 38-pitch workout under simulated game conditions Thursday in Philadelphia, where the Reds played the Phillies. Facing an alternating Reds duo of Dmitri Young and Mark Sweeney, Wohlers walked four, struck out four and allowed a ground ball single to Young.

Wohlers showed some of the control problems that sent his career downhill and led to his release from the Braves. But manager Jack McKeon and pitching coach Don Gullett saw enough positive signs to send him to Indianapolis for what could be a one- or two-game rehabilitation stay.

``He's been outstanding on the side, and he's made a lot of progress,'' McKeon said. ``Now it's time to get him some action.''

Wohlers' missed pitches were either high or in the dirt. He was pleased that he wasn't wild inside or outside to the hitters.

``I accomplished what I wanted to do,'' he said. ``Now I'm ready to pitch in a ballgame.''