Reds appoint OF Aquino for assignment, promote RHP Overton


Aristides Aquino of the Cincinnati Reds holds a bat in the dugout during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)


The Cincinnati Reds eliminated outfielder Aristides Aquino, freeing up a spot for right-hander Connor Overton to start Saturday night in Colorado.

Aquino was in his fifth season with the Reds and has struggled this year, batting .049 with 23 strikeouts in 41 at-bats in 15 games.

Overton, 28, made his major league debut last season, pitching for Toronto and Pittsburgh. His contract was selected from Triple-A Louisville.

Aquino was nominated for the assignment. The 28-year-old hit .205 with 32 homers in 179 games for Cincinnati.

Manager David Bell says Aquino’s ongoing influence at the clubhouse – he was a member of the Reds organization for 10 years – will be missed.

“It’s a tough day, for really our whole clubhouse,” Bell said. “He’s been such a big part of our team. We still believe in him as a player. He’s going to have another opportunity, I believe, somewhere in the major leagues. It might turn out that he would end up here in our organization and we would welcome him for sure.


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