CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Reds cut six players from camp on Wednesday and added one more. Left-handed pitcher Jose Capellan was claimed off waivers from the Giants. Capellan, 21, was selected in the Rule 5 Draft from the Red Sox in December. Last season with Class A Lowell, he was 4-3 with a 3.69 ERA in 14 starts. He walked 11 and struck out 71. Reds scout Ross Sapp watched Capellan with the Giants in Arizona and recommended the acquisition. Although a starter in the Minors, he will pitch from the bullpen if he makes the team out of camp.
"I'm just anxious to see him," said Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky. "Ross sent in some video on him. We had a chance to watch him. It was good." Under Rule 5 provisions, Capellan would have to stay on the Reds' 25-man roster all season or be offered back to Boston. Cincinnati paid $25,000 for the waiver claim but would get the money back if he doesn't make the team. To make room for Capellan on the 40-man roster lefty Alexander Smit was sent outright to Class A Sarasota. In other moves, pitchers Richie Gardner and Tyler Pelland were optioned to Triple-A Louisville. Lefties Matt Maloney and Adam Pettyjohn and catcher Chris Kroski were reassigned to the Minor League camp. The Reds have 57 players remaining in big league camp.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.