Bill has already noted that SS Alex Gonzalez will be out at least three weeks. Now Dusty Baker is saying that there is no way Gonzo will be ready for Opening Day.

So who’s the starter at shortstop? You’d think Jeff Keppinger would be the leading candidate, and he probably is. Here’s John Fay’s take:

The field to replace Gonzalez includes Jeff Keppinger, Juan Castro, Paul Janish and Adam Rosales — probably in that order.

The guy to keep an eye on is Rosales. He’s made a great early impression at camp. Rosales, 24, was the Reds’ 12th-round pick in the 2005 draft. He hit .286 with 41 doubles, 11 triples, 18 home runs, 79 RBI and 13 steals last year.

“He doesn’t look athletic,” Baker said. “He just is athletic. He gets the job done big time. The more your around him, the more you like him, the more he grows on you. He’s in the right place in right time. He’s played well for us.”

Rosales is a player, no question about it. He can hit a baseball.

If the starter on Opening Day is Juan Castro, however, I will walk out of the stadium in protest.