Reds ink pair of lefties to Minors contracts

Reds ink pair of lefties to Minors contracts

SAN DIEGO -- The Reds on Monday signed a pair of veteran left-handed relievers to Minor League contracts in Ryan Rowland-Smith and Scott Maine. Rowland-Smith was assigned to Triple-A Louisville and Maine will pitch for Double-A Pensacola.

According to general manager Walt Jocketty, the moves were not in response to lefty Sean Marshall being out for the season because of shoulder surgery.

"We're just trying to strengthen our Minor League system," Jocketty said. "If it works out, great. We always like to sign left-handers. It was not meant to be an audition for here."

Rowland-Smith appeared in six games for the D-backs this season and had a 4.91 ERA before becoming a free agent in April. He was picked up by the Blue Jays organization but was released on June 11. Maine had a 5.59 ERA in 50 games for the Cubs and Indians from 2010-12. He was pitching this season for Bridgeport in the independent Atlantic League.

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