Today, the Reds reassigned two more players–pitcher Dontrelle Willis and outfilder Jeremy Hermida–to minor league camp.
Willis is likely to report, sure in the knowledge that the injury bug has hit the team hard and the chances are good that he’ll be making a few starts with the club, no matter how crappily he’s been pitching the last two weeks.
Hermida is exploring other options, though with a week to go before opening day, it’s hard to imagine there being a big league deal out there waiting, no matter how well he’s performed. Hermida is the unfortunate victim of a crowded outfield, where a certain Juan Francisco may get the nod thanks to backin’ up, backin’ up, backin up Scott Rolen at third base.
These cuts come very shortly after three players were cut yesterday. Infielder Chris Valaika, outfielder Dave Sappelt, and catcher Devin Mesoraco got the bad news, though it probably wasn’t a surprise for any of them, despite the fact that Sappelt was hitting .750 or something stupid like that.
Just three more cuts to make before Opening Day on Thursday.