View Full Version : Cruz, Menechino released from AAA, etc.

04-14-2006, 04:56 PM
From Marc's blog:

ST. LOUIS -- Lots of moves today on the Louisville side:

Jacob Cruz and Frank Menechino have been released

William Bergolla (high groin strain) and Ray Olmedo (strained right elbow) have been activated from Louisville's DL

Terrence Long has been transferred from Billings to Louisville

Left-hander Mike Venafro has signed and will report to Louisville

Right-hander Tom Shearn and catcher John Castellano have been assigned to Billings

04-14-2006, 05:02 PM
Well AAA just got a little bit younger !

04-14-2006, 05:06 PM
Does anyone know anything about Left-hander Mike Venafro? What organization did he come from?

04-14-2006, 05:18 PM
Reds promote outfielder Quinton McCracken
04/14/2006 4:58 PM ET
Cincinnati Reds Media Relations

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds today purchased the contract of OF Quinton McCracken and designated for assignment IF Andy Abad.
McCracken is expected to be in uniform number 30 for tonight's game in St. Louis.

McCracken, 35, on Valentine's Day was signed to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League spring training camp. He began the minor league season at Class A Sarasota, where he went 8-for-16 (.500) with 3 runs scored and a triple.

In spring training for the Reds McCracken hit safely in 13 of his 17 appearances (16-45, .356, 4rbi). His complete bio is on the following pages of this release.

Abad, 33, this season made all 5 appearances for the Reds as a pinch hitter (0-3, 2bb). He was the only non-roster invitee to make the Opening Day roster. In spring training he hit .319 and led the club with 28 appearances.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

04-14-2006, 05:21 PM
Venafro's a journeyman lefthanded reliever. Just Triple-A filler, I imagine.


04-14-2006, 05:42 PM
Surprising they released Jacob Cruz. I sure hope he's able to latch on with someone else.....he's one of the good ones it's easy to pull for.

04-14-2006, 05:58 PM
I liked Cruz, prefer him to some of the other stuff we still have.

04-14-2006, 06:10 PM
I thought Menechino had a good spring... didn't he? What happened?

I feel bad for Jake, because I like him a lot.

04-14-2006, 06:34 PM
Cruz? Wow very unexpected! Hes gonna get picked up soon cant leave a catch like that laying around

04-14-2006, 07:01 PM
What were these guys doing in Billings? Must be kinda lonely up there since the season doesn't start for two months!

Yeah, I know, I know, they were with the team already, but it's always funny when I see these early transactions take place, and all the traffic going in and out of that Montana metropolis.

04-14-2006, 07:34 PM
Does anyone know anything about Left-hander Mike Venafro? What organization did he come from?
I swear he was in Moneyball. Anyone remember? Wasn't he the guy they traded or released when they got Rincon? Or am I just confusing him from something else?