First cuts, plan for relievers
*The first round of roster cuts went down at Reds camp Sunday morning. Optioned out were IF Kristopher Negron, IF Neftali Soto, RHP Josh Judy; IF Didi Gregorius, IF Henry Rodriguez, RHP Pedro Villarreal; IF/OF Donald Lutz and RHP Kyle Lotzkar. Re-assigned to minor league camp C Tucker Barnhart, RHP Nick Christiani, RHP Daniel Corcino, C Brian Esposito, RHP Sean Gallagher, LHP Donnie Joseph, RHP Chad Reineke and RHP Brett Tomko.
I would say there are no surprises on the list of guys going out. It was a total of 16 players.
“This is probably the latest that we made the first cuts since I’ve been in baseball,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “A lot of it had to do with doubleheaders, scheduling and all that stuff. We sent out some guys that were very impressive. We don’t have room for everybody. The innings and at-bats are becoming shorter and shorter as you get closer to the end of spring and guys are playing more and playing longer.”
***UPDATE: Neftali Soto is a late addition to the list that wasn’t out this morning. He was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.
*RHP Nick Masset (right shoulder) is tenatively scheduled to pitch an inning on Monday when the Reds face the White Sox. LHP Bill Bray (groin) is going to throw on the side today. Bray and RHP Ryan Madson (right elbow) are slated to throw one inning each in a simulated game on Tuesday. They could both see some sort of game action this week. Madson threw 39 pitches in the bullpen on Saturday and felt good.
“Now it’s a matter of building up stamina for both of those guys,” pitching coach Bryan Price said of Bray and Madson. “Nick hasn’t missed that much time. His setback wasn’t extended. That’s why we feel comfortable putting him in a big league game. With Ryan and Bill, we’d like to have a controlled environment such as a minor league game.”