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03/15/10 12:45 PM ET

D-backs option four, reassign eight

Ciriaco, Septimo among first spring moves

The D-backs made their first cuts of the spring on Monday, optioning four players and reassigning eight others to Minor League camp.

Arizona optioned infielder Pedro Ciriaco, left-hander Leyson Septimo and right-handers Daniel Stange and Cesar Valdez to Minor League camp. Pitchers Tom Layne, Kyler Newby, Wes Roemer, Bryan Shaw, Matt Torra, catcher Konrad Schmidt, infielder Mark Hallberg and outfielder Collin Cowgill were all also reassigned to Minor League camp.

Ciriaco, a speedy infield prospect, hit .296 and stole 38 bases in 121 games with Double-A Mobile in 2009.

Valdez started 18 games for Triple-A Reno in 2009, striking out 60 batters in 96 innings.

Roemer, a first-round selection of the D-backs in 2007 First-Year Player Draft, started 22 games for Mobile last season, going 9-9 with a 4.28 ERA. Torra is also a former first-rounder, going in the 2005 Draft. Torra compiled a 3.75 ERA in 180 innings of work for Mobile, striking out 116 batters.

After being called up to Reno, Schmidt continued to impress in 2009, tallying seven hits in 16 at-bats to go with a strong season at Class A Advanced Visalia.

Currently the D-backs' Major League camp consists of 23 pitchers, five catchers, 11 infielders, and seven outfielders -- a total of 46 players.

Bailey Stephens is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.