SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Reds made two more roster cuts Saturday when they optioned relievers Gary Majewski and Jon Coutlangus to Triple-A Louisville.
It's a sign that Cincinnati's bullpen is deeper this year. Both pitchers, especially Coutlangus, spent significant time with the Reds last season. This spring, neither emerged as top contenders for spots.
Majewski was 0-1 with a 12.71 ERA in six games this spring. He pitched better after his initial six-run outing but still allowed 11 runs (eight earned) and 12 hits over 5 2/3 innings.
"I wish I had more innings," Majewski said. "They told me that they brought too many pitchers in and tried to see everybody, and that I kind of got pushed to the back. It happens. All you can do is keep pitching."
Acquired in an eight-player trade that sent Austin Kearns and Felipe Lopez to the Nationals, Majewski has yet to show success for Cincinnati. He is 1-6 with an 8.29 ERA in 51 games since the trade.
Over eight spring games, Coutlangus gave up three earned runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings for a 4.05 ERA. Last season, he was 4-2 with a 4.39 ERA in 64 games.
The Reds' roster has 38 healthy players remaining in camp. The battle for the last of the bullpen roles is narrowing. Jared Burton, Todd Coffey and Mike Lincoln are seeking two of the right-handed spots while Bill Bray and Kent Mercker are vying for the last remaining left-handed spot.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.