GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds trimmed their roster Monday morning, and one of the cuts made the competition for the starting rotation a bit clearer.
Left-hander David Holmberg, who made seven appearances (five starts) for the big league club last year, including three consecutive starts in September, was optioned to Triple-A Louisville along with righties Dylan Axelrod, Carlos Contreras, Daniel Corcino and lefty Ryan Dennick. Left-hander Amir Garrett was optioned to Class A Daytona, and catcher Ramon Cabrera, right-hander Jon Moscot and outfielder Felix Perez were reassigned to Minor League camp.
Holmberg was viewed as having a shot at one of three spots available in the rotation, which could be without rehabbing Homer Bailey until mid-April. And Holmberg pitched well in three appearances this spring, including a scoreless three-inning start against Colorado on March 9.
Now the candidates for those current openings (in addition to top two Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake) have apparently been whittled down to Jason Marquis, Anthony DeSclafani, Paul Maholm and Raisel Iglesias.
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