The Padres will designate infielder Alex Castellanos for assignment and transfer right-hander Josh Johnson to the 60-day disabled list today as part of a series of moves to promote right-hander Kevin Quackenbush and infielder Jace Peterson, reports Corey Brock of MLB.com (on Twitter).
Castellanos, 27, is no stranger to DFA limbo as this is the fourth time he has been designated for assignment in the past calendar year. He’s also been DFA’ed by the Dodgers, Red Sox and Rangers, resulting in a trade (from L.A. to Boston) and a pair of waiver claims.
That Castellanos has been unable to pass through waivers at any time is no surprise, given his strong minor league track record. The second baseman/third baseman/outfielder owns a robust 284/.377/.511 batting line in 916 plate appearances at the Triple-A level, though he’s been unable to replicate that success in his brief taste of Major League action to this point. Castellanos has hit just .171/.186/.390 in the bigs, though it’s not entirely fair to judge him based on those numbers as he’s only received 43 plate appearances despite his mastery of the minor leagues.