Lutz went 2-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI in four spring training appearances for Cincinnati. Lutz will begin the year with Triple-A Louisville and will wait for his chance with the the big league club as they already have youngsters Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler taking most of the time in left field.
Lutz (elbow) re-signed with the Reds on a minor league contract that does not include an invitation to big-league camp at spring training, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. The 26-year-old Lutz hasn't had much success in his big-league stints and also struggled at Triple-A Louisville the past few years. After missing most of 2015 with an elbow injury, he'll likely be back at Louisville to start the 2016 season.
Reds first base prospect Donald Lutz is done for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, the Louisville Bats have reported. The 26-year-old Lutz, who sustained the elbow injury last week after earning brief playing time with Cincinnati in each of the last two years, managed eight hits in 42 at-bats in 2015 before going down.
The Reds released pitcher Jose Mijares Monday whle also optioning three players to Triple-A and re-assigning two to minor-league camp as the team continues to pare down the major-league camp roster. Mijares surrendered three earned runs on 5 1/3 innings this spring. The team sent catcher Tucker Barnhart, shortstop Eugenio Suarez and first baseman Donald Lutz to Triple-A Lousville Monday. All three saw action in the majors last season. First baseman Josh Satin and catcher Chad Wallach were re-assigned to minor-league camp.
The Reds announced their September callups on Monday. Before making the moves, the team transferred Homer Bailey to the 60-day disabled list, ending his season. The team called up Carlos Contreras, Daniel Corcino, Jake Elmore, David Holmberg, J.J. Hoover, Tucker Barnhart, Donald Lutz, Yorman Rodriguez, Jason Bourgeois and Ryan Dennick.