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Reds announce initial 25-man roster

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After the Reds contest with Triple-A affiliate Louisville, manager Bryan Price announced on Saturday that the team has finalized it's initial 25-man roster including three non-roster invitees.

Those three non-roster invitees are outfielder Roger Bernadina, infielder Ramon Santiago, and pitcher Trevor Bell. Bernadina has been on fire this spring, hitting .413 with three homers and 11 RBI in 46 at bats. Santiago provides a solid defense backup to Zack Cozart and is playing for his first National League squad (all but 27 of 845 career games were spent with Detroit). Bell is also appearing in the NL for the first time after spending time with the Angels and Tigers organizations. He had a 1.04 ERA in nine games this spring.

Others making appearances will be Neftali Soto and Tucker Barnhart. Soto made his MLB debut last season, but didn't record a hit in 13 games. He's usually a first baseman, but will be trying his hand behind the plate to add some depth while Devin Mesoraco recovers from injury. With Mesoraco starting the season on the disabled list, it allowed Barnhart to also make the roster to give Cincinnati three catchers on the Opening Day roster.

Non-roster players not making the cut were pitchers Jumbo Diaz and Jeff Francis, catcher Corky Miller, infielder Kris Negron, and outfielder Jason Bourgeois. Chris Nelson will also ask to be released from his minor league contract after not making the Reds roster.

Seven players will be on disabled list to start the year: pitchers Aroldis Chapman (head), Mat Latos (knee), Sean Marshall (shoulder),Brett Marshall (finger), and Jonathan Broxton (forearm), utility man Skip Schumaker (shoulder) and Jack Hannahan (shoulder), and Mesoraco (oblique).

Here's a look at the Reds Opening Day roster (all stats from 2013)

Rotation:

1. Johnny Cueto (5-2, 2.82 ERA, 60.2 innings, 51 strikeouts)

2. Tony Cingrani (7-4, 2.92 ERA, 194.2 IP, 120 Ks)

3. Homer Bailey (11-12, 3.49 ERA, 209 IP, 199 Ks, no-hitter)

4. Mike Leake (14-7, 3.37 ERA, 192.1 IP, 122 Ks)

5. Alfredo Simon (6-4, 2.87 ERA, 87.2 IP, 63 Ks, 1 save)

Bullpen:

Nick Christiani (2.25 ERA, 4 IP, 3Ks)

J.J. Hoover (5-5, 2.86 ERA, 66 IP, 67 Ks)

Sam LeCure (2-1, 2.66 ERA, 61 IP, 66 Ks)

Logan Ondrusek (3-1, 4.09 ERA, 55 IP, 53 Ks)

Manny Parra (2-3, 3.33 ERA, 46 IP, 56 Ks)

Trevor Bell (1-1, 1.80 ERA, 35 IP, 39 Ks, 17 saves w/Blue Wahoos/Bats)

Curtis Partch (0-1, 6.17 ERA, 23.1 IP, 16 Ks)

Starting Lineup:

C. Brayan Pena (71 games, .297 avg, 4 HR, 22 RBI, 26 Ks w/Tigers)

1B. Joey Votto (162 games, .305 avg, 24 HR, 73 RBI, 101 runs, 135 BB, 138 Ks)

2B. Brandon Phillips (151 games, .261 avg, 18 HR, 103 RBI, 98 Ks)

3B. Todd Frazier (150 games, .234 avg, 19 HR, 73 RBI, 125 Ks)

SS. Zack Cozart (151 games, .254 avg, 12 HR, 63 RBI, 102 Ks)

LF. Ryan Ludwick (38 games, .240 avg, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 29 Ks)

CF. Billy Hamilton (13 games, .368 avg, RBI, 4 Ks, 13 SB)

RF. Jay Bruce (160 games, .262 avg, 30 HR, 109 RBI, 185 Ks)

Bench:

C. Barnhart (98 games, .260 avg, 3 HR, 44 RBI, 57 Ks w/Blue Wahoos)

C/1B. Soto (13 games, .000 avg, 6 Ks, 12 AB)

2B/SS. Santiago (80 games, .224 avg, HR, 14 RBI, 32 Ks w/Tigers)

OF. Chris Heisey (87 games, .237 avg, 9 HR, 23 RBI, 51 Ks)

OF. Roger Bernadina (112 games, .181 avg, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 65 Ks w/Nationals/Phillies)

Opening Day is this Monday, March 31, with first pitch set for 4:10 p.m. at Great American Ballpark.

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