The starting lineup that will face Adam Wainwright on Opening Day:

  1. Billy Hamilton – CF
  2. Brandon Phillips – 2B
  3. Joey Votto – 1B
  4. Jay Bruce – RF
  5. Ryan Ludwick LF
  6. Todd Frazier – 3B
  7. Zack Cozart – SS
  8. Brayan Pena – C
  9. Johnny Cueto – P

The Reds finalized their 25-man and 40-man rosters today. They will carry 12 pitchers and 13 position players. Here’s the breakdown:

Starting Pitchers: Homer Bailey, Tony Cingrani, Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake and Alfredo Simon

Relief Pitchers: Trevor Bell, Nick Christiani,  J.J. Hoover, Sam LeCure, Logan Ondrusek, Manny Parra, and Curtis Partch.

Catchers: Tucker Barnhart and Brayan Pena.

Infielders: Zack Cozart, Todd Frazier, Brandon Phillips, Ramon Santiago, Neftali Soto and Joey Votto.

Outfielders: Roger Bernadina, Jay Bruce, Billy Hamilton, Chris Heisey and Ryan Ludwick.

As had been previously reported, Roger Bernadina made the team as an outfielder, Neftali Soto and Ramon Santiago join the infield and Tucker Barnhart will be the back-up catcher. The only real suspense were the decisions regarding the final bullpen spots, which went to Nick Christiani, Trevor Bell and Curtis Partch.

Three players were added to the 40-man roster: Bernadina, Santiago and Bell, who each made the team as non-roster invitees.

Six players start the season on the 15-day disabled list: Sean Marshall (3/21), Jonathan Broxton (3/22), Skip Schumaker (3/22), Devin Mesoraco (3/21), Aroldis Chapman (3/21) and Mat Latos (3/21).

Two players were assigned to the 60-day DL: Jack Hannahan and Brett Marshall.

One player, Pedro Beato, was designated for assignment to make room for other players on the 40-man roster. The club released Chris Nelson on Saturday.

Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.

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  1. It is about time. Spring training is about 2 weeks too long.

    I’m hoping for a six game split with the cardinals.

  2. Wow, Brett Marshall is on the 60-day? Had no idea that he was injured so badly…. I was nervous enough about the team’s offense. Now the injuries all over the place. Yowsa.

  3. Am I counting-impaired? I only count 24 above. Who’s mssing?

    • Oops. Left off Logan Ondrusek. Wishful thinking, I guess. Fixed. Thanks.

  4. Ondrusek?

  5. As I lifelong Reds fan, I must be a pessimist…and I fear this team gives me reason coming out of the gates. Staying around .500 for April and May will be an accomplishment, given the schedule coming out of the gate.

    Continuing my pessimism, I just wonder how a team that clearly is it’s “window of opportunity” can not do more to upgrade. I know it’s not fantasy baseball or trading baseball cards, but I have little hope that Ryan Ludwick will regain his form (and really, what is Ryan Ludwick, short of a good couple of months two years ago?).

    This edition of the Redlegs has a LOT of question marks. If things go joyfully our way, then perhaps it’ll be a great year. But a lot of if’s.

    • And to make it scarier what is Frazier except for a couple of very good months in 2012 or Cozart except for a couple of decent months at the end of last season. The left side of the diamond needed a serious upgrade in at least one of the three spots (3B. SS, LF) but all they have is a wing and a prayer

  6. Ahhhhhhhhhh… IOjust returned from a day outing with the family and got a gander at the 40-man roster moves. The Old Cossack is resting easy now. There are multiple good relievers that hit the waiver wire, so Beato may land in Louisville. Sending Hannahan and Marshall to the 60-day DL were sound decisions. I’m still grumpy about the decision to add Santiago to the 25-man roster, but if Bryan uses him appropriately (as little as necessary and only when necessary for his defense), he shouldn’t hurt the lineup.

    I’m starting the emotional surge for opening day now. It’s been a long off season. It starts for real tomorrow, so Bryan starts answering for his every move. I still firmly believe he is and was the right man at the helm.

    Even with the injuries to the three back-end relievers, I think the Reds’ bullpen is solid, just much younger (and cheaper!) so we may get a good look at the future early this season.

  7. A few things must happen for the REDS to win the national league
    Cozart (14) hr hit270 — Frazier ludwick and mez must hit 270 20 hr and 75 – 80 RBI
    The make a trade to strengthen the total
    Close– the reds blew 10 games in 13 due to blown saves —
    Jay Bruce must stop streak hitting

    I say they now are 85 wins, a few bumps and moves gets them to 90 wins easy

    Go REDS14

  8. I got my Nostradamus hat on today. So many question marks entering the winter and here we are a day before opening day and the roster is still full of question marks. WJ gets a “D-” grade for off-season moves.
    Reds go 12-15 in April.
    Aroldis Chapman returns from DL on Wed. June 4 vs. SF on Chapman bobblehead night.
    By end of June Reds are at .500 and in 3rd place in NLC, 1 game out of 4th place.
    Before all-star break, WJ makes a major move to shake up the lineup.
    WJ makes one more move before July 31 trade deadline.
    Reds finish season as a wild card playoff team, 89-73, 3 games behind Cards.

  9. Everything I am hearing points to some of our pitchers being back around the middle to late April. This will help a lot.

    Things i’m pleased about are
    1. We didn’t really lose anything major in prospects from what I can tell.
    2. Love that Bernadina made the team. Has good past and just raked in spring.
    3. Nice to see Soto and Barnhart get some mlb playing time while we have injuries.

    Not sold on…
    1. Curtis Partch… He seems very iffy to me. I’ll be worried when he pitches.
    2. Alfredo Simon, even though he is the 5th starter, he seems like a 50 / 50 pitcher. (Meaning his chance to win is that).
    3. Kinda shocked about Hannahan and Brett Marshall going on the 60 day DL. They must feel they are very unlikely to produce for quite some time while they recover from injuries.

    We need to win at least one of those series against the Cardinals A sweep of the Mets would be nice to get the season started on the right foot.

  10. Putting Hannahan and B Marshall on the 60 day were the right moves, especially BC it allows the Reds to keep Marshall out of roster moves for awhile. IMHO, I would have put Chapman on there as well in order to keep Beato, but hopefully he stays in the organization and no waiver claims will be put on him. I am still upset at Santiago making it, but I understand it. I just really wanted Nelson in this team, he’d be a great bench bat, with some pop.

  11. Whoa am I ready for the beginning for the season! I see a lot of talk about NEEDING to win certain games now. Let’s be realistic here, is NEED to right word? Wins would be nice, but let this team get into the season before we NEED anything.

    As far as injuries, every team has injuries. Better to get on them early than in the middle of August right? I mean, Chapman is down for maybe a month but I just read that Kershaw just got put on the DL for the Dodgers. It is a bummer for the Reds to lose a guy that would have pitched maybe 12 innings but I’d much rather take that than losing the reigning NL Cy Young. All’s I’m saying is it could be worse (we could be Cubs fans!).

    Here’s to a good, hopefully fun season!

  12. I am not a fan of Phillips in that spot, they really need to swap him and Frazier at the least.

    • Last year their numbers were fairly similar, so I’m not sure it makes a huge difference which of those two bat 2nd. I guess it depends on your viewpoint as to whether Phillips was really just hurt last year and will bounce back plus how much better Frazier will hit this year compared to last. Is he more like the 2012 hitter or more like he hit in 2013?

  13. Wow! That’s my reaction to the newly designed RN website. Looks great, but going to take some getting use to. I have a ton of catching up to do. Go Reds!

  14. I’ve got a bad case of Opening Day jitters. If Cueto is in form, I’ll settle down until bullpen time, then the pulse rate will pick up again.

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About Steve Mancuso

Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky's Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve's thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.


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