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Reds call-up ten in roster expansion

Tucker Barnhart (left) and David Holmberg (center) will rejoin Zack Cozart (right) and the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday.
Tucker Barnhart (left) and David Holmberg (center) will rejoin Zack Cozart (right) and the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday.
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MLB rosters were allowed to expand from 25 to 40 and the Cincinnati Reds made a handful of moves on Monday that brought the roster to 35 and ended the season for one player.

Among the ten names called up, only four have not spent time with the Reds this season. Those include one of their top prospects from Double-A, outfielder Yorman Rodriguez, outfielder Jason Bourgeois, utility man Jake Elmore and a left-handed pitcher, Ryan Dennick. Bourgeois and Elmore have MLB experience with Bourgeois having played before at Great American Ballpark when he was with the Houston Astros.

Those returning for duty are relievers J.J Hoover (1-10, 5.27 ERA), Daniel Corcino (one inning, 2 Ks), and Carlos Contreras (0-1, 6.11 ERA) along with starter David Holmberg (0-1, 18.56 ERA). First baseman and outfielder Donald Lutz (18 games, .212 avg) and catcher Tucker Barnhart (13 games, .139 avg, HR, RBI) will both get another chance to see some time as well.

One surprise was Curtis Partch not coming up with the big club. In seven innings of work (six games) Partch did not allow a run and had just two hits against him. He also picked up a win in relief against the Pirates back on July 11. Another player who played in a handful of games not making the squad was Neftali Soto. Soto played in 21 games, but hit just .100 with a double and one RBI.

Homer Bailey was also among the moves on Monday, but his was not cause for celebration. On Tuesday the Reds plan on moving Bailey to the 60-Day disabled list and effectively end his season. More than likely Dylan Axelrod will fill the void in the rotation as he has churned out two strong, but brief starts. In 11 innings of work, Axelrod (1-0, 1.64 ERA) has allowed just two runs with 15 strikeouts.

The newest members of the roster could be seen as early as Tuesday against the Orioles while Axelrod is expected to start against the Birds on Wednesday against Miguel Gonzalez.