The Cincinnati Reds made their first set of roster cuts yesterday afternoon. About 24 hours later and they are back for another round. Today the Reds announced they had optioned five players to the minor leagues. Outfielders Rece Hinds and Jacob Hurtubise, as well as right-handed pitchers Casey Legumina, Christian Roa, and Carson Spiers were all optioned to Triple-A Louisville. Those moves put the number of players in spring training with the big league club at 47.

It’s worth noting that just because a player is optioned to a specific team during spring training that it does not necessarily mean that is where they will begin the season. For now, these are simply paperwork moves in terms of “assignment”. With that said, all five of the players optioned to Louisville this afternoon do appear to be slated to play for the Bats this season – and all but Hinds spent at least some time in 2023 with Louisville.

Jacob Hurtubise played in nine games this spring and he performed well at the plate. He went 5-10 with two walks and just one strikeout. He also stole two bases. Rece Hinds played in seven games and went 2-11 with a home run, walk, and five strikeouts.

Carson Spiers has thrown the second most innings among any pitcher with the Reds so far this spring. In 8.2 innings he allowed two earned runs (2.08 ERA) while allowing 10 hits, one home run, one walk, and as of today, a team best 11 strikeouts (tied with Hunter Greene). Casey Legumina pitched in three games and threw 4.0 innings while giving up just one run on four hits, he walked no one, and he struck out five batters. Christian Roa only pitched in one game and he struggled on that day, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out no one in 1.2 innings.

11 Responses

  1. David

    The comments at your link are cynical (and who is surprised by that attitude), but it is possible that Marte took this “boldenone” to help heal his calf strain from winter ball.
    Boldenone undecylate (the common form) is an anabolic steroid that is used primarily in veterinarian applications. It is not approved for humans. It is a testosterone analogue, and actually is thought to decrease sexual fertility. It is know to be banned for use by athletes in most organized sports, globally.

    He might have taken it once or twice weeks ago, but it is still in his blood or urine.

    So we will not see Marte until at least mid-season.

    • MBS

      I’m guessing it was injury related to, but knowingly or not, there isn’t an excuse to put your organization down a man.

  2. Mark A Verticchio

    Thank the lord for depth, but no matter how you put it for Reds fans this is awful news. Who knows maybe we will see Arroyo a lot sooner than some thought. I also think this puts Barrero right in the middle of the plans this year.

  3. Kevin Fox

    Maybe Josh Harrison will make this team with Marte being suspended.

    • J

      That was my 1st thought too for some reason!! Anytime a decent ballplayer from Cincinnati has a chance to make the team it’s kinda cool lol

  4. Melvin

    I’m for getting down fairly quickly to guys who are going to start the season with the Reds. Need to try something different to get off to a good start this year.