Reds call up Y. Rodriguez, option J. Smith

Reds call up Y. Rodriguez, option J. Smith

WASHINGTON -- After three rough starts, the Reds optioned starting pitcher Josh Smith to Double-A Pensacola and recalled outfielder Yorman Rodriguez from Triple-A Louisville on Monday.

Smith's spot in the rotation is currently open, and the Reds have Thursday's scheduled assignment currently listed as "TBA" vs. Marlins ace Jose Fernandez. However, Reds No. 20 prospect David Holmberg's scheduled start for Louisville on Monday was scratched.

"Until it's etched in stone ... I don't think we'll wait till Wednesday," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "We have a pitcher in mind, but we haven't made a full commitment to that yet."

Holmberg is 4-6 with a 4.78 ERA in 16 games, including 15 starts, this season for Louisville. In seven games -- including five starts -- for the Reds in 2014, he was 2-2 with a 4.80 ERA.

Top Prospects: Holmberg, CIN

Rodriguez was batting .272 with nine home runs and 40 RBIs in 80 games for Louisville this season. Ranked as the Reds' No. 9 prospect, the 22-year-old played 11 games in the Majors last season with Cincinnati. He was named on June 26 to the World Team in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will be played on Sunday at Great American Ball Park.

"He's hitting the ball to all fields with power," Price said. "It's not going to show up as home runs, but he has gap-to-gap power. He started a little bit slower. He's playing center field. There was some concern about him playing center. He's doing a fine job out there.

"If I can find an opportunity for him to play here ... it could be a short stay, but you never know, especially with our team."

In three starts, Smith was 0-2 with a 7.30 ERA. Over 12 1/3 innings, he allowed 12 runs, 12 hits, 13 walks and struck out eight. On Saturday vs. the Brewers, the right-hander tied a nearly 108-year-old club record by hitting four batters in one game.

Worth noting

• Pitcher Raisel Iglesias made his second rehab assignment start for Louisville on Sunday. Against Indianapolis, Iglesias allowed two earned runs and four hits over 4 2/3 innings with no walks, seven strikeouts and a home run. He threw 68 pitches, 48 for strikes.

"He threw the ball extremely well. We're very happy with the way things went," Price said. "He looks like he's getting closer to being ready. Right now, he's on pace to make one more rehab start."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.