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Reds release Rodriguez, cut roster to 44

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The Reds have trimmed their Spring Training roster on Tuesday to 44 after designating or re-assigning 15 players and issuing the release of infielder Henry Rodriguez.

Rodriguez appeared in 21 games over the last two seasons for the Reds, but mustered just four hits in 23 at bats in that time, finishing with two RBI. He was taken off the Reds 40-man roster when they claimed pitcher Brett Marshall from the Cubs this offseason.

Headed to Louisville will be a slew of pitching prospects: Carlos Contreras, Daniel Corcino, Chad Rogers, and David Holmberg. Joining them at the Triple-A affiliate will be outfielder Ryan Lamarre and Donald Lutz, who played in 34 games last season to fill in for the injured Ryan Ludwick and Chris Heisey. Lutz hit .241 in that span and added a homer and eight RBI.

On their way to Double-A Pensacola will be outfield prospects Juan Duran and Yorman Rodriguez, and left-handed pitcher Ismael Guillon.

Tim Crabbe, Robert Stephenson, Michael Lorenzen, Rossmel Perez, Max Ramirez, and Reynoldo Navarro will all be headed to the Reds minor league camp to join the rest of the Bats, Blue Wahoos,Bakersfield Blaze,and Dayton Dragons.

Cincinnati is just 19 days away from Opening Day against the St. Louis Cardinals, so there is little time for any non-roster invitee to make their marks.

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