Merritt was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Monday.

This doesn't come as too big of a surprise, as the southpaw showed he wasn't quite ready for the majors in his small sample size this spring. The 25-year-old allowed eight runs on 11 hits in 8.1 innings. Merritt will head back to Columbus for the 2017 season, where he'll work for a call-up later in the year.

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