The Phillies designated Pinto for assignment on Sunday, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

The move frees up space on the Phillies' 40-man roster for top prospect Scott Kingery, whom the team also signed to an extension. Pinto was sent to minor-league camp in mid-March, and his removal from the 40-man roster makes it more difficult for the right-hander to earn a promotion from Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season.

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