MIAMI -- The Reds on Saturday claimed utility infielder Jake Elmore off waivers from the Athletics. To make room on the 40-man roster, reliever Nick Christiani was designated for assignment. Elmore, who was designated himself after the A's traded for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes on Thursday, was sent to Triple-A Louisville.
This season, Elmore has been at Triple-A Sacramento and was batting .282/.374/.365 with no homers and 18 RBIs in 47 games. He was acquired from the White Sox on Feb. 27, but began the season on the disabled list with a strained left quadriceps and was not activated until June 16.
During 52 big league games in 2013 with the Astros, Elmore batted .242/.313/.325 with two homers and six RBIs. He had the distinction of playing all nine positions on the field at some point during that season -- the first in the Majors to do that since 2000.
On Aug. 20 against the Rangers, Elmore became only the 14th player in Major League history to pitch and catch in the same game. He retired Texas in order on 11 pitches.
Christiani, who opened the season in the big leagues and had a 5.54 ERA in 10 games, has been on Louisville's DL since July 8 with right elbow impingement. He is 3-0 with a 7.71 ERA in 15 games for the Bats.