CINCINNATI (AP) _ Pete Rose Jr., who struggled during his first major league call-up, was assigned to the Cincinnati Reds' Triple-A farm club Tuesday.

Rose's spot on the 40-man roster was taken by right-handed reliever Todd Williams, who was promoted from Indianapolis. Rose Jr. cleared waivers and was assigned outright to Indianapolis.

The Reds also claimed right-handed pitcher Donne Wall off waivers from the Houston Astros. He took the roster spot of left-handed reliever Pedro A. Martinez, who chose to become a free agent rather than accept assignment to Indianapolis.

Rose Jr., 28, was called up on Sept. 1, started at third base and went 1-for-3 while his father, baseball's all-time hits leader, cheered him on from the stands. He was used as a pinch hitter the rest of the month and went 2-for-14 overall with nine strikeouts in 11 games.

Rose Jr. hopes to get an invitation to spring training, make an impression and win a major league roster spot. Failing that, he wants to have a good season at Triple-A to position himself for another call-up.

Rose Jr. has not played a full season above Double-A. He was promoted to Indianapolis last summer, but soon asked to go back to Double-A because he wasn't playing much. Rose Jr. hit .225 in 12 games for Indianapolis.

Williams, 28, was signed by the Reds as a free agent in January 1997, and spent last season in the minors. He was 2-2 with a 5.12 ERA for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 16 relief appearances in 1995.

Wall, 30, spent most of last season with the Astros' Triple-A club in New Orleans, going 8-7 with a 3.85 ERA. He is 14-14 with a 5.00 ERA in three major-league stints.

Martinez, 29, pitched in eight games for the Reds at the end of the season and had a 9.45 ERA in eight games.