Reds Designate Mike Costanzo For Assignment

May 19, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; Cincinnati Reds designated hitter Mike Costanzo hits a sacrifice fly during the eighth inning of a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

In a flurry of roster moves, including making room on the roster for newly acquired Jonathan Broxton, the Cincinnati Reds have designated Mike Costanzo for assignment, the team has announced.

The 28-year-old Costanzo made his MLB debut this year with the Reds and got a cup of coffee with the team before ultimately being designated for assignment. The 6-foot-3 first baseman sported a brutal .056/.095/.056 in 17 games with the Reds. Though it was an extremely small sample, Costanzo had just 1 hit (a single) in 21 plate appearances while striking out 10 times to just 1 walk.

In related moves, the Reds placed catcher Devin Mesoraco on the 7-day concussion disabled list and called up catcher Dioner Navarro to take his place on the roster until Mesoraco is ready to return to action.

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