De Jesus Jr. called up
UPDATE: Byrd went on the 15-day DL. Donald Lutz was released to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for De Jesus.
The Reds selected the contract of infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr. from Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday, with outfielder Marlon Byrd expected to be placed on the disabled list after he fractured his right wrist.
De Jesus was batting .303/.378/.384 in 50 games with no home runs and 16 RBIs this season for Louisville. He has played at all four infield spots, including 31 games at third base.
Corresponding 25-and-40-man roster moves will be officially announced later in the day
De Jesus, 28, signed a Minor League deal with the Reds in November after he spent last season in Triple-A with the Orioles and Red Sox. The son of former Major Leaguer Ivan DeJesus, he has 48 games played in the Majors in parts of three seasons with the Dodgers and Red Sox and a .205 average.
For Byrd, this could prove to be a costly injury depending on how long he is out. The 37-year-old is earning $8 million this season but had an $8 million option for 2016 that automatically vested if he had 550 plate appearances this season. If he doesn’t reach that benchmark, it converts to a club option.
In 47 games and 185 plate appearances, Byrd is batting .212/.286/.442 with 10 home runs and 25 RBIs. He was acquired from the Phillies on Dec. 31 for pitching prospect Ben Lively.