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.

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A slew of transactions

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