GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The first wave of roster cuts came to Reds camp on Sunday with 16 players getting sent out by the club. Optioned to Triple-A Louisville were infielders Kristopher Negron, Neftali Soto and right-handed reliever Josh Judy. Infielders Didi Gregorius and Henry Rodriguez and right-handed pitcher Pedro Villarreal were optioned to Double-A Pensacola. First baseman/outfielder Donald Lutz and right-handed pitcher Kyle Lotzkar were optioned to Class A Bakersfield.
Catchers Brian Esposito and Tucker Barnhart, pitchers Nick Christiani, Daniel Corcino, Sean Gallagher, Donnie Joseph, Chad Reineke and Brett Tomko were reassigned to the Minor League camp. "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." The Reds' spring roster, which began with 58 players, is now at 42. The club must be down to 25 players by Opening Day on April 5.