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Roster Madness, Volume 12

This is going to look like gibberish, and for that, I apologize. Tell the Reds to stop getting hurt!

Nope, not gonna make it.
Nope, not gonna make it.
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We're inching closer to the start of the regular season, and that means there have been no fewer than three days for players to injure themselves in spectacular - or mundane - fashion since the last time we looked at the potential roster.  The attrition seen in Reds' camp this Spring has been unprecedented, and if you happen to be a nurse or physical therapist by trade, I'd suggest getting your resume ready.  The Reds' current staff will need your help.

Trying to make a feasible 25 man roster out of the existing pool of players both on and off the 40 man roster was AB Calculus level complicated a few days ago.  With the announcements that Ramon Santiago will make the team, that Brett Marshall has a tendon injury in his finger and will start on the DL, and that Devin Mesoraco may miss the start of the season, this exercise has now become

Opening Day DL

These players are guys currently listed as part of the 40 man roster who the Reds have confirmed will start the season on the Disabled List:

Infield: Jack Hannahan, Skip Schumaker

Starting Rotation: RHP Mat Latos, RHP Brett Marshall

Bullpen: LHP Aroldis Chapman, LHP Sean Marshall, RHP Jonathan Broxton

Opening Day Question Mark

There's currently only one player listed on the 40 man roster whose health status is up in the air for Opening Day:

Catcher: Devin Mesoraco

Opening Day Locks

These fine fellows are sure-things for the first game of the season (provided, of course, that they don't break an ankle getting milk from the fridge between now and Game 1):

Catcher: Brayan Pena

Infield: 1B Joey Votto, 2B Brandon Phillips, SS Zack Cozart, 3B Todd Frazier, SS/2B Ramon Santiago

Outfield: RF Jay Bruce, CF Billy Hamilton, LF Ryan Ludwick, OF Chris Heisey

Starting Rotation: RHP Jonny Cueto, LHP Tony Cingrani, RHP Homer Bailey, RHP Mike Leake, RHP Alfredo Simon

Bullpen: RHP J.J. Hoover, RHP Sam LeCure, RHP Logan Ondrusek, LHP Manny Parra

Potential 25 Man Roster Members

So, of the 40 men on the 40-man roster, we've touched on 27 of them.  Listed above are 7 who will start the season on the DL, one who could start the season on the DL, and 19 who we can call locks to be in the dugout with cleats and a glove for Opening Day.  That means that 6 spots are currently available on the 25-man, and the following details the players in camp whose status is in flux due to those pending decisions.  Some listed below are obviously not likely to make the 25-man due to their scant minor league history, but they're being listed here since their roster status plays a key role in the process.  *Players with asterisks by their name are currently on the 40 man roster:

Catcher: Tucker Barnhart*, Corky Miller

Infield: Chris Nelson, Kris Negron, Neftali Soto*

Outfield: Roger Bernadina, Jason Bourgeois, Juan Duran*, Yorman Rodriguez*, Ryan LaMarre*, Donald Lutz*

Bullpen: Jumbo Diaz, Trevor Bell, Lee Hyde, Pedro Beato*, Nick Christiani*, Curtis Partch*, Carlos Contreras*, Ismael Guillon*, Daniel Corcino*, David Holmberg*, Chad Rogers*, Jeff Francis, Chien-Ming Wang, Drew Hayes

So What?

The list of Opening Day Locks needs an additional 6 players to round out a full 25-man roster.  If Devin Mesoraco breaks camp and sits injured in the dugout for a few days instead of being placed on the 15 Day DL, that would leave 5 open spots, but let's assume that his injured oblique will have him on the DL to begin the season.  If the Reds choose to go with a conventional squad, there's one infield position, one outfield position, the backup catcher, and three spots in the bullpen that need to be filled.

Neftali Soto, I think, has the inside track for the last infield position (thanks to his strong Spring and being on the 40-man roster).  That's a near no-brainer

Roger Bernadina deserves the last OF spot (thanks to his torrid Spring and track record of having performed in the majors).  He's not on the 40-man, though, so someone will need to get cut.

Tucker Barnhart will likely get the backup catcher role (thanks to his continued progression, solid Spring, and the fact that he, too, is on the 40-man roster).

As for the bullpen, that's a jumbled mess.  Nick Christiani and Pedro Beato would seem to have the lead for spots right now, since both are on the 40-man roster and have pitched continuously in Major League camp.  Curtis Partch has big-league experience and a 40-man spot, but he's already been optioned to Minor League camp (not that he couldn't be recalled, of course).  Jumbo Diaz may have pitched the best of any of the relievers this Spring, but he's never thrown a pitch in the majors and isn't on the 40-man roster currently.  Trevor Bell has big league experience, but he, too, doesn't have a spot on the 40-man.  Lee Hyde is a lefty, and since Manny Parra is the only other lefty the pen can boast right now, I'm certain the Reds would like to find a way to accomodate Hyde, but he, too, isn't on the 40-man roster.

Also, Ramon Santiago has been confirmed as having a spot on the 25-man roster, but since he's not yet on the 40-man roster, that's another player who will have to be cut.

Basically, if you're Chad Rogers, Carlos Contreras, Ismael Guillon, or Daniel Corcino and you really, really like the Reds organization, you're hoping like heck that the Reds decide to place one or more of Aroldis Chapman, Jack Hannahan, Sean Marshall, Skip Schumaker, Brett Marshall, or Jonathan Broxton on the 60-Day DL; otherwise, at least two of you are getting Designated For Assignment.

Stay tuned...