The Padres announced that they have designated Edinson Rincon for assignment. The move is part of a roster shuffle that will allow for the reinstatement of Yasmani Grandal from the restricted list.
Rincon, 22, suffered an injury in minor league spring training camp and has not appeared in a game this season. In six seasons in the Padres’ farm system, Rincon hit .285/.355/.422 in total 484 games. The infielder has never advanced beyond Double-A.
Grandal is coming off of serving a 50-game suspension for violating MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The 24-year-old catcher had a strong debut season for San Diego last year, hitting .297/.394/.469 with eight homers in 60 games. Grandal came over from the reds Reds along with right-hander Edinson Volquez, infielder Yonder Alonso, and right-hander Brad Boxberger in exchange for Mat Latos in December of 2011.