Reds Dump Ligtenberg, Meadows

The Cincinnati Reds released pitchers Kerry Ligtenberg and Brian Meadows on Friday, after the two had signed minor league contracts with no interest in pitching anywhere but the big leagues.

Ligtenberg, 35, hasn't pitched in the majors since 2005, when he appeared in seven games with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He had 18 saves and a 3.57 ERA in 53 appearances for the Cubs' AAA team in Iowa last season.

The 31-year-old Meadows appeared in 53 games with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays last season, going 3-6 with eight saves and a 5.17 ERA, giving up 14 home runs in 69.2 innings.

Cincinnati also reassigned top pitching prospect Homer Bailey to its minor league camp after he had a couple rough outings this spring, pitching just 3.2 innings so far, and allowing eight runs on six hits. As the seventh overall choice in the 2004 draft, Bailey was 7-1 with a 1.59 ERA at Double-A Chatanooga last year.

[Union Tribune]