Yonder Alonso sent to Triple-A among other reassignments

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds' roster continues to take shape as the club made several moves Thursday.

Prior to Thursday's 6-2 loss against the Indians, the Reds optioned infielder Yonder Alonso and left-handed pitcher Bill Bray to Triple-A Louisville and optioned right-handed pitcher Jordan Smith and left-handed pitcher Philippe Valiquette to Double-A Carolina.

Reds manager Dusty Baker said cutting players from big league camp is one of the hardest parts of his job.

"It's not a pleasant day. There is really no easy way to do it," he said. "Everybody busted their tails this whole spring. This has been a great camp. You have some fine young men of high character."

It has been more than four decades but Baker still remembers the first time he was cut from Atlanta's big league camp.

"It wasn't a surprise. That one wasn't so bad," he said. "The tough one is when you are in the last cut. I remember when they told me to ship my car north because I made the team at eight o'clock and at four o'clock, my car was gone and I was off the team. They changed their mind. That was tough."

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