Earlier in the week the Cincinnati Reds needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster to activate Joey Votto for Opening Day. That spot came at the expense of right-handed pitcher Edgar García who was designated for assignment. On Saturday the reliever cleared waivers and the Reds outrighted him to the alternate site in Louisville.

García was on the alternate site roster at the time that he was designated for assignment. His assignment back there only comes as a surprise in the sense that perhaps a team would have claimed him off of waivers. Since no one claimed him, though, his assignment essentially remains the same but now he’s simply not on the 40-man roster any longer.

The 24-year-old reliever had spent parts of the last two seasons in the Major Leagues. In the 2019 season he posted a 5.77 ERA in 37 games out of the Phillies bullpen where he struck out 45 batters with 26 walks and 11 home runs allowed in 39.0 innings. Last season he joined the Tampa Bay Rays organization and appeared in four games where he posted a 10.80 ERA in 3.1 innings where he walked four batters with just one strikeout and allowed two home runs.

For García, he’s found success in the minor leagues. In 2019 he pitched in 25 games for Lehigh Valley while with the Phillies in Triple-A and posted a 2.48 ERA with 38 strikeouts and eight walks (two were intentional) in 29.0 innings. The year before that he posted a 3.64 ERA in 64.1 innings with 72 strikeouts and 27 walks mostly in Double-A Reading, with a handful of innings in Triple-A.

Sonny Gray, Shogo Akiyama to rehab at the alternate site

On Saturday afternoon it was announced that Cincinnati Reds outfielder Shogo Akiyama would spend some time at the alternate site in Louisville as he rehabs his way back from a hamstring injury that he suffered in spring training. Akiyama has been doing some work in Cincinnati since spring training ended, but could get more live at-bats and work in with the alternate site team.

Joining Akiyama will be starting pitcher Sonny Gray. He’s working his way back from back spasms that popped up in the middle of spring training. He threw 43 pitches in an intrasquad game right before Opening Day.