Tucker Barnhart was hitting .286/.333/.429 with 2 doubles, a walk and three strikeouts. He had scored twice in fifteen plate appearances. He also threw out two of three attempted base stealers.
Curtis Partch had thrown 4.2 innings with a 1.93 ERA without a walk and with two strikeouts. He had been charged with four unearned runs as well.
Barnhart being optioned wasn’t a big surprise as it seemed to be expected that he wasn’t playing for a big league job and was ultimately destined for Triple-A as things got deeper into spring training as Mesoraco and Pena took over more and more innings. Partch though is a bit of a surprise as with all of the bullpen injuries he was thought to be competing for one of those spots and he hadn’t pitched bad in spring training. In the one game he pitched on tv earlier this month, his slider looked pretty good on that day and his slider has been an inconsistent pitch for him in the past.
That leaves the Reds with 42 players in camp.