CINCINNATI -- The Reds announced on Thursday that outfielder Fred Lewis cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Louisville. Lewis, who was signed to a one-year, $900,000 contract as a free agent during the offseason, batted .230 with three home runs and 19 RBIs in 81 games this season. He particularly struggled after the All-Star break. After batting .271 in the first half, he batted only .154. He was 4-for-42 (.095) in August. "We needed the roster spot," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It's never easy to do or tell anybody. Things didn't work out for him in the second half as well as we thought it possibly would. We've got [Chris] Heisey back."
With Jeremy Hermida being claimed off waivers by the Padres on Wednesday, the Lewis transaction left the Reds' 40-man roster at 39 players. Although catcher Devin Mesoraco was added on Thursday, the club did not appear to be immediately filling the remaining spot.