St. Louis SP Ben Jukich will be returning to the Reds, according to MLB.com. The 27-year-old was a Rule 5 Draft pick that did not see many innings during spring training.
The Cardinals selected pitcher Ben Jukich in the Rule-5 draft from the Reds. He will have to stay on the Reds roster for the full season or be offered back to his original club for half of the $50,000 claiming price.
The Reds cut 11 players from their major league camp on Monday. SP Sam LeCure, SP Matt Maloney and RP Robert Manuel were optioned to Class AAA Louisville. 3B Juan Francisco was optioned to Class AA Carolina. Sent to minor-league camp for re-assignment were SP James Avery, 1B Wes Bankston, 1B Kevin Barker, 2B Luis Bolivar, SP Ben Jukich, C Chris Kroski, SP Adam Pettyjohn and SP Jordan Smith.
The Cincinnati Reds invited 1B Yonder Alonso, 1B Wes Bankston, C Devin Mesoraco, C Chris Kroski, C Craig Tatum, SS Chris Valaika, SS Todd Frazier, 2B Luis Bolivar, OF Drew Stubbs, SP Daryl Thompson, RHP James Avery, RHP Jordan Smith, LHP Adam C. Pettyjohn, RHP Jeff Kennard, RP Ron Flores, LHP Ben Jukich and LHP Pedro Viola and to spring training.
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