Reds make spring roster cuts

Rodriquez released as others go to various levels.

The Reds trimmed their spring training roster Tuesday as RHP Carlos Contreras, RHP Daniel Corcino, LHP David Holmberg, OF Ryan LaMarre, OF Donald Lutz and RHP Chad Rogers were optioned to Louisville, the club's Triple-A affiliate.

Sent to Double-A Pensacola were OF Juan Duran, LHP Ismael Guillon and OF Yorman Rodriguez.

Six players were reassigned to minor league camp: RHP Tim Crabbe, RHP Michael Lorenzen, IF Reynaldo Navarro, C Rossmel Perez, C Max Ramirez and RHP Robert Stephenson while IF Henry Rodriguez was released.  

Baseball America ranks Stephenson, a 21-year-old starter who was the team's first round pick in the 2011 draft, the top Reds prospect and No. 19 overall. He pitched 3.0 innings, allowing two runs (both earned) on five hits during his stint in big league camp.

Duran, LaMarre, Lutz, Rodriguez, Rogers, Corcino, Contreras, Guillon and Holmberg are on the 40-man roster.

Rodriguez appeared in 19 games for the Reds over the past two seasons, and the 24-year-old infielder had 4 hits in 23 at-bats. He was 2 for 15 in nine games during spring training this season.