Reds option Costanzo, call up Negron

Reds option Costanzo, call up Negron

CINCINNATI -- The Reds optioned infielder Mike Costanzo to Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday and recalled Kristopher Negron to take his place on the roster.

Costanzo had just two RBIs and one hit in 17 at-bats, and he went hitless in his last 11 at-bats. He made just two starts; one at first base and one as designated hitter when the Reds played in New York against the Yankees.

Negron, who is available for Wednesday's game against the Pirates, can play all three outfield positions even though he began his professional career as an infielder. He appeared in 18 games in center field for Louisville, 20 games at shortstop, and 11 games each at third base and second base.

"He's kind of like [Wilson] Valdez but with more speed," said manager Dusty Baker.

The Reds acquired Negron on Aug. 14, 2009, from Boston in exchange for shortstop Alex Gonzalez and cash. He spent all of 2011 with Louisville. He hit just .212 with the Bats in 58 gamesm with 16 RBIs and 15 stolen bases.