Today the contract of IF/OF Jerry Hairson Jr. was selected from Class AAA Louisville and IF Juan Castro was designated for assignment.
Reds GM Wayne Krivsky said Castro was informed at about 2:35 p.m. today.
“That was really difficult. He makes any team better that he’s on. It’s not a good day when you have to tell him you’re making a change,” Krivsky said. “Hopefully we can find him something in the Major Leagues and go forward, but I can’t say enough about him as a person, as a man and as a teammate. I just think the world of the guy.”
Castro made two starts, both at SS (April 7 vs. Philadelphia and Sunday at Pittsburgh). Last season he appeared in 54 games, including 18 starts (11 at SS, 5 at 3B and 2 at 2B).
Hairston, who will wear No. 15, hit .421 in Louisville in 14 games. He had seven doubles, two triples, three homers, 15 RBI and one stolen base.
“Hairston’s been playing really well, hitting .420. We decided to bring him up here, and he gives us a little more versatility from the standpoint that he can play the infield and the outfield, and he can run. He’s swinging a hot bat right now, so there he is," Krivsky said. "Good day for Jerry, and tough day when you have to tell Juan Castro goodbye for now.”