Duran has cleared outright waivers and has been sent to Double-A Pensicola. Duran has recently completed an 80-game suspension, but don't expect the 24-year-old to be rewarded with a Major League call-up any time soon.
Duran was suspended 80 games for testing positive for Drostanolone, Stanzolol, and Nandrolone, C. Trent Rosencrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Duran hasn't excelled so far in the minors, hitting a .243/.304.415 line in a professional career that hasn't moved past Double-A. He certainly won't get any help from a suspension that will wipe out half his season. He's still on the Reds' 40-man roster, but that could change in the next few months.
The Reds made their first round of spring cuts Tuesday, optioning outfielder Juan Duran to Double-A Pensacola and outfielder Yorman Rodriguez to Triple-A Louisville. The team also re-assigned eight players to minor league camp, including infielder Neftali Soto, outfielders Ryan LaMarre and Jesse Winker and pitchers Jonathon Crawford, Ismael Guillon, Nick Howard, Robert Stephenson and Nick Travieso.
Outfielder Juan Duran began his week by impressing his Reds coaches in a major way. On Monday, Duran hit a walk-off home run to help the split-squad Reds defeat the Angels 7-5. His homer was hit on a line drive the opposite side of the field. "I'll tell you what, he is very impressive," Reds bench coach Jay Bell said, per MLB.com. "Last year, he was just raw and going through the season last year, he did some really nice things. This spring, he has really impressed. Part of the reason why he's impressed so much is he's been opposite and center field quite a bit this spring."
The Reds optioned pitcher Ismael Guillon and outfielders Juan Duran and Yorman Rodriguez to Double-A Pensacola Tuesday.