Diamondbacks release slugger Wily Mo Pena

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Wily Mo Pena earned a promotion to the major leagues in late June after slugging 21 home runs and posting an electric .363/.439/.726 batting line across 63 games with the Triple-A Reno Aces.

Pena served as Arizona’s primary DH during the final few weeks of the interleague schedule and showed impressive power, blasting five homers in 17 games.

But he’s such a poor defensive outfielder that the Diamondbacks designated him for assignment immediately following the All-Star break.

And now, according to the club’s official Twitter feed, he has been released.

Pena is only 29 years old and should get an opportunity elsewhere, probably in the American League. He would make for a useful late-innings pinch-hitter down the stretch on any contending team.