Originally Posted by cinreds21
They probably wanted to send him back to Pensacola and he said no.
Players under a minor league contract, at least without five years of accrued MLB service, typically don't have a right to refuse an assignment to my knowledge. In fact, minor league UPCs, the contract explicitly states a player can be assigned to any Major League or Minor League club of their choosing.
There certainly can be exceptions written in to a contract, but my understanding is that is very rare for minor league contracts unless it's a player with major league experience. Once in a while veteran minor leaguers on their second or subsequent contract might be given an exception to play only at the AAA level, but that's probably rare.
There are limitations of age that each minor league club has from Class AA downward, so it might be that the Reds didn't have room under the age limits to send him to Pensacola.