Balester signed a minor league deal with the Tigers on Friday, Baseball America's Matt Eddy reports. He pitched in Korea last season but was pitching out of a big league bullpen with the Reds as recently as 2015. His career stats in the majors (5.47 ERA, 1.50 WHIP in 200.2 innings) point to Balester serving as organizational bullpen depth.
The Reds promoted pitcher Collin Balester from the minors, while also designating pitcher Donn Roach for assignment on Sunday, the team announced.
The Pirates have traded right-hander Collin Balester to the Reds for a player to be named, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has reported. The 29-year-old Balester has pitched in 73 major league games, but has spent most of his career in the minors. He has performed well in 2015 with 26 hits allowed in 35 innings and a strong 2.31 ERA in 21 appearances at Double-A and Triple-A.
The Pirates announced Thursday they optioned elite pitching prospect Jameson Taillon to Triple-A Indianapolis. They also optioned pitcher Casey Sadler and infielder Alen Hanson to Triple-A. Outfielder Willy Garcia was optioned to Double-A Altoona, while pitchers Collin Balester, Jeremy Bleich, infielder Gift Ngoepe and outfielder Mel Rojas Jr. were reassigned to minor-league camp.
Rangers pitcher Collin Balester underwent Tommy John surgery Monday, and is out for 10 to 12 months while recovering. Balester, a former top prospect, was pitching for Triple-A Round Rock, where he had a 7.33 ERA. He was pitching on a minor-league contract.