Reds designate Arismendy Alcantara for assignment

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The Cincinnati Reds announced on Saturday that they have designated utility player Arismendy Alcantara for assignment in order to make room for right-handed pitcher Scott Feldman, who is coming off the disabled list.

Alcantara, claimed off waivers from the Athletics last October, hit .171 over 105 at-bats this season and gets designated for assignment on the heels of an 0-for-22 slide. He saw time at second, third and short, as well as every outfield spot in his brief stint with the Reds.

Formerly a top-100 prospect while in the Chicago Cubs organization, Alcantara was shipped from the team to Oakland midway through last season with Chris Coghlan coming the other way.

After accounting for a -0.6 WAR in 70 games with the Cubs during the 2014 season, the utility man has posted a negative clip in each of the previous three seasons and a career-low -0.7 this year with the Reds.

Knee inflammation has kept Feldman on the shelf since July 18 but he will start Saturday’s game against the Brewers. Tim Adleman was also considered to face Milwaukee.

Across 19 total starts this season, Feldman is 7-7 with a 4.34 ERA and 1.312 WHIP over 102.3 innings en route to 0.5 WAR. In his last start prior to hitting the sideline, the veteran right-hander allowed four runs on five hits over 5.0 innings against the Rockies.

Feldman spent his first eight MLB seasons with the Rangers and signed with the Cubs during free agency in 2012. He has since spent time with the Astros, Orioles and Blue Jays, while 2017 is the first in a Reds uniform.

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