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Cincinnati Reds set 11-man bullpen, Opening Day roster comes into focus

Cincinnati Enquirer logo Cincinnati Enquirer 4/4/2022 Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati Enquirer

GOODYEAR, Ariz. – The Cincinnati Reds’ Opening Day roster came into focus this week as manager David Bell informed the remaining relievers in camp they made the team.

The Reds won’t finalize their Opening Day 28-man roster until Thursday morning, ahead of their 8 p.m. game against Atlanta, but it’s virtually set if the front office doesn’t add any players. It’s possible the Reds add somebody through waivers or free agency as other teams make their final cuts.

  • Rotation (4): Tyler Mahle, Reiver Sanmartin, Vladimir Gutierrez and Hunter Greene.
  • Bullpen (11): Luis Cessa, Tony Santillan, Art Warren, Hunter Strickland, Justin Wilson, Jeff Hoffman, Buck Farmer, Dauri Moreta, Ryan Hendrix, Daniel Duarte and Alexis Diaz.
  • Catchers (2): Tyler Stephenson and Aramis Garcia.
  • Infielders (6): Joey Votto, Jonathan India, Kyle Farmer, Mike Moustakas, Brandon Drury and Colin Moran.
  • Outfielders (5): Tommy Pham, Nick Senzel, Tyler Naquin, Jake Fraley and Aristides Aquino.
  • Injured List (8): Luis Castillo, Mike Minor, Lucas Sims, Justin Dunn, Jose Barrero, Donovan Solano, Max Schrock and Tejay Antone. 
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Buck Farmer, pictured, Friday, March 18, 2022, at the baseball team's spring training facility in Goodyear, Ariz. © Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer Cincinnati Reds pitcher Buck Farmer, pictured, Friday, March 18, 2022, at the baseball team's spring training facility in Goodyear, Ariz.

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Nick Lodolo, one of the organization's top prospects, will travel with the Reds to Atlanta and all signs point to him being named as the club's fifth starter after the season begins. The Reds will have their fifth starter pitch on April 13 against Cleveland, and Lodolo needs to be added to the 40-man roster. 

The Reds will carry an 11-man bullpen for their four-game series against Atlanta and then likely drop to 10 relievers when they add their fifth starter to the roster. Manager David Bell said the starters are likely built up for 70-90 pitches in the first turn through the rotation, so the extra arms in the bullpen will be valuable. 

Duarte and Diaz, the younger brother of New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz, will make their Major League debuts whenever they make their first relief appearances. 

"We felt like we got our team together today for the first time," Bell said Monday after a team meeting. "Not taking that for granted. It's such a great accomplishment to be a Major Leaguer in any of our roles, but especially as a player, and just reflecting on that."

Buck Farmer, a non-roster invitee to camp, spent the last eight seasons with the Detroit Tigers. He didn't sign with the Reds until March 16, but he's been dominant in spring training games and live batting practice sessions. 

In five Cactus League appearances, Buck Farmer has tossed five shutout innings with nine strikeouts and two walks. 

"I don’t know if he was on the team when he got here," Bell said of Buck Farmer. "Certainly, he pitched his way onto it in a very clear way."

Moreta made his Major League debut last September and Hendrix had an up-and-down 2021 season when he struggled with walks. Hendrix had a strong camp with eight strikeouts and one walk in five scoreless innings. 

"(Hendrix) always had the ability to strike guys out," Bell said. "For him to feel as good as he does about his command of all of his pitches right now, the potential is great for Ryan. He's gone through a process of learning how to trust that. He's plenty talented enough, his stuff is plenty good enough. It's reinforcing, just being able to trust that belief in yourself. That's what he's done all spring."

Schrock will miss at least a month with a left calf strain after leaving Sunday's spring training game. Drury, a right-handed hitter, and Moran, a lefty, will be the backup infielders.

Aquino will be the fifth outfielder on the roster and will likely hold a platoon role where he mostly faces left-handed pitching. 

Garcia was informed last weekend he'd make the Opening Day roster as the backup catcher if the club doesn't sign another catcher

Meet the Cincinnati Reds roster

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