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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Homer Bailey was among seven players cut by the Reds Friday morning.

Bailey, the club's No. 1 prospect, was not surprised or angered by the move.

"I knew coming (to camp) that it was going to happen," he said. "(General manager) Wayne (Krivsky) said, 'keep doing what you're doing. You'll be here when you're ready.'"

The other moves: Joey Votto was optioned to Triple-A Louisville. Michael Gosling, Dan Conway, Ryan Hanigan and Bailey were re-assigned to the minor league camp. Kerry Ligtenberg and Brian Meadows were released.

Bailey was considered a longshot to make the team because of his age and lack of experience -- he's only 20 and this is his third year in professional ball. Bailey needed a great camp to make the team. He didn't have one. He was 0-1 with 19.64 ERA in three outings.

The Reds are getting close enough to breaking camp that they simply could not give Bailey enough work to keep him sharp. The same is true of Votto, a first baseman who is considered one of the team's best hitting prospects.

"In Homer's case, he needed to get innings," Reds manager Jerry Narron said. "Votto needed at-bats."

Ligtenberg and Meadows are veterans brought on minor league contracts.

"If Ligtenberg didn't make the team, he was going home," Krivsky said. "Meadows wasn't going to Triple-A either. We did it now to given them a chance to catch on with another team."

The roster is down to 43 active players.[/quote]

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