Cleveland Guardians designate Franmil Reyes for assignment

Cleveland Guardians’ Franmil Reyes watches his RBI-single off New York Yankees relief pitcher Albert Abreu during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Sunday, July 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

CLEVELAND — Houston Astros players were taking batting practice Saturday in the 4 o’clock hour at Progressive Field.

First pitch was about two hours away and highlights of Guardians players were playing on the large video board beyond the left field fence.

Among the highlights were home runs and extra base hits by Jose Ramirez, Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, Josh Naylor, Oscar Gonzalez, Steven Kwan, Owen Miller, Myles Straw and Franmil Reyes from earlier this season.

The song ‘Life in the Fast Lane’ by the Eagles played in the background, which was a bit ironic with Saturday’s news that the Guardians designated Reyes for assignment and released Bobby Bradley on Saturday in a series of moves.

Reyes and Bradley had each struggled this season with Cleveland after being in the Opening Day starting lineup. Reyes was Cleveland’s designated hitter and batted fourth and Bradley was the Guardians’ first baseman and batted fifth in the opener on April 7 against the host Kansas City Royals.

Cleveland Guardians' first baseman Bobby Bradley covers first base during a spring training baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, March 18, 2022, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

Cleveland Guardians’ first baseman Bobby Bradley covers first base during a spring training baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, March 18, 2022, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

News from earlier this month:

Guardians further commit to youth movement after inactive deadline; Franmil Reyes optioned

That Opening Day lineup also included former Guardian Yu Chang starting at second base and hitting sixth.

Reyes, 27, had a .213 batting average with nine home runs, 28 RBI, a .254 on-base percentage and a .350 slugging percentage in 70 games this season with the Guardians.

Last season in 115 games, Reyes compiled a .254 batting average with 30 home runs, 85 RBI, a .324 on-base percentage and a .522 slugging percentage.

Cleveland acquired Reyes, Yasiel Puig, Logan Allen, Scott Moss and Victor Nova in a three-team trade on July 31, 2019. The San Diego Padres received Taylor Trammell and the Cincinnati Reds acquired Trevor Bauer.

Bradley, 26, was Cleveland’s third round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft. He made his MLB debut 2019.

Bradley had a .118 batting average with no home runs, no RBI, a .118 on-base percentage and a .118 slugging percentage in eight games this season with the Guardians.

Last season in 74 games, Bradley posted a .208 batting average with 16 home runs, 41 RBI, a .294 on-base percentage and a .445 slugging percentage.

The Guardians also announced Saturday that it selected the contract of right-handed relief pitcher Jake Jewell from Class AAA Columbus and optioned right-handed starting pitcher Hunter Gaddis to Columbus.

The Guardians also announced Saturday that it selected the contract of right-handed relief pitcher Jake Jewell from Class AAA Columbus and optioned right-handed starting pitcher Hunter Gaddis to Columbus.

Gaddis cleaned out his locker inside the Guardians clubhouse Saturday afternoon and departed to join the Clippers.

Guardians manager Terry Francona said right-handed pitcher Aaron Civale is set to return to the team and make a start Wednesday at Detroit against the Tigers.

This article will be updated.

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This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Cleveland Guardians designate Franmil Reyes for assignment