Six more cut from Reds roster
Outfielder/first baseman Ward, lefty Fultz released by club
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Reds announced six cuts from big league camp following Monday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, bringing the number of players still in camp to 36.
Ward, a non-roster invitee, was hoping to land the final spot on the 25-man roster as a left-handed hitter with plenty of pinch-hitting experience. The 33-year-old was trying to show he could handle playing the outfield as well as back up Joey Votto at first. He was hitting .250 (7-for-28) with one home run and three RBIs following Monday's game, in which he went 0-for-1 against the Blue Jays.
Fultz, 35, hadn't pitched poorly in camp, allowing two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. The veteran left-hander, who last pitched in the big leagues in 2007 with Cleveland, yielded five hits and three walks, striking out four across his seven appearances.
In addition to the two releases, right-handed reliever Ramon Ramirez and infielder Danny Richar were optioned to Triple-A Louisville.
Ramirez had just returned from participating in the World Baseball Classic with Team Venezuela. He appeared in only one game for the Reds, allowing five unearned runs on three hits in one inning of work on Feb. 26, before leaving for the Classic. For Venezuela, Ramirez tossed 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on four hits, walking five and striking out three in three appearances.
"Ramirez is a little bit behind," manager Dusty Baker said about the reliever before Monday's game. "We have to get him stretched out."
In addition, left-hander Ron Flores and right-hander Jeff Kennard were reassigned to Minor League camp.
Flores, 29, was a long shot to gain a lefty specialist spot in the bullpen, though he did toss four scoreless innings this spring.
The 27-year-old Kennard appeared in five games, allowing nine earned runs on 13 hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out eight.
Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.