The Cincinnati Reds cut their spring roster down to 34 players after the team sent Clay Hensley and Wilkin De La Rosa down to Minor League camp on Wednesday.
The right-handed Hensley was thought to be a favorite to clinch a spot on the 25-man roster entering camp with the Reds. Unfortunately, he could not impress enough during Spring Training, even though he struck out 15 batters and walked only two in 12 innings. The fact is Cincinnati has high hopes of getting back to the postseason, and a 4.50 earned run average in eight games is not going to cut it.
The 33-year-old will receive a World Series ring after helping the San Francisco Giants get to the playoffs last season. However, the seven-year veteran wishes he could have done more to deserve the honor of receiving a ring.
“I was a little disappointed by it, obviously,” Hensley told Reds.com at the beginning of camp. “Of course you want to pitch in those scenarios, but I had a terrible September, so I really didn’t help my case.”
Hensley was hopeful that his experience on a championship team would transition well with Cincinnati, but his inability to keep runners from crossing home plate has been his downfall for the past couple years.
De La Rosa, on the other hand, has never stepped foot in the majors and was hoping he would finally get an opportunity in 2013. The left-hander went 1-1 with a 2.49 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 46 appearances in Double-A last season.
Unfortunately, those solid numbers did not transition well into Spring Training. De La Rosa posted a 9.31 ERA, 15 strikeouts and nine walks in nine outings. This simply will not get the job done on a team that is the favorite to win the National League Central this season.