Paul Maholm gets a chance to help Reds’ depleted rotation

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Left-hander Paul Maholm is getting a chance to help the Cincinnati Reds piece together their depleted starting rotation.

The Reds signed Maholm to a minor league deal and invited him to training camp to see whether he could be a starter again after spending much of last season in the Dodgers bullpen. Cincinnati traded two starters in the offseason and Homer Bailey isn’t expected to be fully recovered from forearm surgery when the season opens.

Several young pitchers have the inside track on the three openings, but Maholm and Jason Marquis were brought to camp as options. Marquis will start Cincinnati’s spring training opener on Tuesday against Cleveland in Goodyear.

First baseman Joey Votto isn’t expected to play for Cincinnati. He’s recovering from a leg injury last year.