Claussen was 3-8 with a 6.19 ERA in 14 starts in 2006, but did not throw another pitch after a left shoulder injury put him on the disabled list on June 17.Later diagnosed with a small rotator cuff tear, the 27-year-old Claussen had arthroscopic surgery on Aug. 14 and had been rehabilitating. "That was tough thing," Krivsky said of taking Claussen off the big league roster. "When you're at 41, you have a tough decision to make on who's the guy. After talking it over, we decided to go this route." Claussen came to Reds from the Yankees in a 2003 trade for Aaron Boone. Following what was viewed as a respectable 2005 season when he went 10-11 with a 4.21 ERA, he was expected to take a step forward this past season. But the left-hander frustrated the club by not being more aggressive in the strike zone with hitters. It appeared likely that Claussen would not be tendered a contract at Tuesday's midnight deadline. If he becomes a free agent, the Reds might invite him to Spring Training as a non-roster player under a Minor League contract.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less