The Cincinnati Reds have released left handed reliever Paul Maholm. He had allowed three runs over 12.1 spring innings (2.19 ERA) with just two walks and he had five strikeouts.

The team also sent five others to minor league camp. Right handed pitcher Pedro Villarreal was optioned to Triple-A Louisville. Right handed pitcher Nate Adcock, Ivan De Jesus, Irving Falu and Kyle Skipwroth were all re-assigned to minor league camp. Here are the numbers for each of the guys:

Player IP ERA BB K
Pedro Villarreal 8.0 12.38 4 4
Nate Adcock 8.0 5.63 1 4
Player AB AVG OBP SLG
Ivan De Jesus 32 .406 .486 .625
Irving Falu 36 .306 .366 .333
Kyle Skipworth 22 .273 .360 .455

Despite my article that went live 30 minutes before the moves were announced, the biggest surprise was seeing Ivan De Jesus sent to minor league camp despite leading the team in OPS. It would seem that all but locks up the Cincinnati Reds bench as Brennan Boesch, Chris Dominguez, Kristopher Negron, Skip Schumaker and Brayan Pena unless the team picks up a player in a trade or that was shed by another team as spring training ends.

Neither of the pitchers being sent down comes as a surprise. Both had some struggles and hadn’t been used too often.