Webster among trio optioned to Triple-A

Reynolds, Schugel also sent to Reno; Nuss, Ibarra and Runzler reassigned

Webster among trio optioned to Triple-A

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs trimmed their roster by six Monday morning, bringing the number of players in camp to 38 with a week to go before Opening Day.

Pitchers Matt Reynolds, A.J. Schugel and Allen Webster were optioned to Triple-A Reno, while outfielder Nick Buss, infielder Walter Ibarra and left-hander Dan Runzler were reassigned to Minor League camp.

"Trying to get the right mix with our starters and our relievers," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "So it's not really for performance, it's that we're looking in a different direction at this point. They are going to be in our thoughts, right in the front of our minds as the season goes on for recalls."

Reynolds is trying to return from Tommy John surgery performed in September 2013.

"We felt like he's made strides in the right direction," Hale said. "We just want to see him pitch more. His velocity I believe is going to pick up too and he'll have a little more trust in his breaking ball. Just to be able to pitch back-to-back and do that down in Triple-A and get to where we think he'll be more useable for us at the big league level."

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Schugel had a nice spring pitching out of the bullpen before a couple of poor appearances. The team will use him in a starting role with Reno and he could be a candidate to be called up if the team needs a starter or reliever.

Webster, who was acquired along with Rubby De La Rosa from the Red Sox over the winter, had one impressive start against the Giants this spring, but otherwise was inconsistent.

"We saw the Allen Webster that we traded for against the Giants," Hale said. "That kind of stuff gets Major League hitters out. We've told him that and he knows it. He just needs to repeat it and get it going in Reno."

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