GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Had the Reds played their game on Monday, they would have done it without catcher Ryan Hanigan. Devin Mesoraco was slated to start behind the plate because Hanigan was scratched from the lineup due to a a sore right pinky finger.

Hanigan took a foul tip off his finger a couple of days ago.

"It's not a big deal," Hanigan said. "I took batting practice today and everything was all right."

Alonso, Cozart among eight players cut

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The deepest cuts of spring came through the Reds' clubhouse on Monday as eight players were told that they did not make the team.

None of the transactions were stunners, but several familiar names were on the list.

First baseman Yonder Alonso, shortstop Zack Cozart, infielder/outfielder Todd Frazier, lefty reliever Daniel Ray Herrera, right-handed relievers Jordan Smith and Carlos Fisher, pitcher Jerry Gil and infielder Kris Negron were re-assigned to the Minor League camp.

"I think it's safe to say that they will make significant contributions," general manager Walt Jocketty said. "I think we all felt very good about what we saw and that they will be part of our club some day, some sooner than later."

Herrera, Smith and Alonso all spent time in the big leagues last season. The Reds' spring roster is down to 35 players, which means 10 more cuts are necessary before Opening Day.

"It's always a tough time of the year to cut people," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

Cozart, one of the club's top shortstop prospects, produced quite well in camp, as he batted .394 (13-for-33) with one home run and six RBIs.

"Cozart is coming quickly, real quickly," Baker said.

Alonso, the organization's top first base prospect, batted .300 (9-for-30) with one homer and two RBIs this spring. He will get the chance to play both left field and first base at Triple-A Louisville.

Arroyo scratched from start because of flu

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Even before Monday's game vs. the Mariners was rained out, Bronson Arroyo was scratched because of his ongoing bout with the flu. Scott Carroll was to have replaced Arroyo.

"He's been sick for about 10 days to two weeks," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We've backed him up."

The illness, which bothered Arroyo during his previous start, has knocked him back a day in the rotation also. Projected to start the second game of the regular season, he is now tentatively slated to work the third game vs. the Brewers.

Arroyo is scheduled to throw 85 pitches in a Minor League game on Thursday, assuming he's feeling better.

"Hopefully he will have his strength by then," Baker said. "He's been really weak. He's already skinny. He told me he hasn't watched that much TV in 10 years."

Outfield prospect Sappelt continues to impress

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Being a non-roster player with only 25 games of Triple-A experience, Reds outfield prospect Dave Sappelt had some pretty long odds to make the big league team coming into camp.

Yet, Sappelt has survived each cut thus far as camp winds down. Batting .531 (17-for-32) for the spring has a way of doing that.

"I feel pretty good about what's going on around here and how I'm performing," Sappelt said on Monday. "I'm not even thinking of it as I have to keep it up. I'm going to keep consistent every day with every at-bat and every pitch. There is no more worrying with me. It's more just play my game, play what I've been learning and take it from there."

Sappelt, who has nine RBIs, leads the team in hits and his 28 total bases ties him for the lead with Chris Heisey. Reds manager Dusty Baker has maintained throughout camp that Sappelt needed to do more than just hit to make the team, so it's too early to make any assumptions.

"Coming in not being on the roster, that makes it a long shot right there," Sappelt said. "You get in where you fit in. Whether I fit in up here or down there, I will give it everything I've got."

Monday's game canceled due to rain

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Monday's Reds exhibition game vs. the Mariners at Goodyear Ballpark was canceled because of rain.

The game will not be rescheduled.

Fans holding tickets can exchange them for another Reds spring game on this spring's exhibition schedule.

The Reds will host the A's Tuesday at 4:05 p.m. ET. Mike Leake will make the start against Oakland's Gio Gonzalez.