The Cincinnati Reds continue to whittle away their spring roster as they reassigned four players to their minor league camp on Thursday.
The biggest name in the bunch is former Yankees' ace Chien-Ming Wang. Wang has struggled to find the stuff that allowed him to win 19 games in back-to-back seasons in 2006 and 2007. Last year he appeared in six games for the Blue Jays, but posted a 1-2 record with an ERA above seven.
Joining him are fellow pitchers Lee Hyde and Drew Hayes, as well as infielder Argenis Diaz. The shortstop appeared in 22 games for the Pirates back in 2010, but has not been able to crack the majors since. All four players were non-roster invitees.
There are only nine non-roster players left at spring. They include pitchers, Trevor Bell, Jumbo Diaz, and Jeff Francis, catcher Corky Miller, infielders Kris Negron, Rey Navarro, and Ramon Santiago, and outfielders Jason Bourgeois, and Roger Bernadina.
Cincinnati is also without reliever Aroldis Chapman who underwent surgery to repair fractures in his face after taking a line drive to the head. If all goes well, he is slated to return in late May.
With the recent roster moves, the nine non-roster players are joined by 28 rostered Reds still vying for a spot on the Opening Day roster.