While it came a bit later than many other teams, the Cincinnati Reds officially announced their Opening Day 26-man roster. There aren’t many surprises on it. We knew that Shogo Akiyama, Sonny Gray, and Michael Lorenzen would all begin the year on the injured list. And while not official, we learned yesterday what the pitching staff would look like and that it would feature five starting pitchers and eight relievers.
What we’ve been waiting on when it comes to the roster is the status of Joey Votto. The Reds first baseman returned to spring training late after missing time after contracting COVID-19. He wanted to not only be sure he was ready to play physically, but that he was ready from a preparedness standpoint. The status of Votto meant two things: First would be that the team would need to make a 40-man roster move if he were active, and second, if he weren’t active that may change who makes the team as a bench player because having some first base experience could be a factor.
Well, Joey Votto is ready to go. And here is your Cincinnati Reds Opening Day 26-man roster:
|Luis Castillo||Alex Blandino|
|Tyler Mahle||Kyle Farmer|
|Jeff Hoffman||Jonathan India|
|José De León||Mike Moustakas|
|Wade Miley||Joey Votto|
|Cam Bedrosian||Aristides Aquino|
|Sean Doolittle||Nick Castellanos|
|Carson Fulmer||Tyler Naquin|
|Amir Garrett||Nick Senzel|
|Cionel Pérez||Jesse Winker|
|Sal Romano||Injured List|
|Lucas Sims||Shogo Akiyama|
|Tucker Barnhart||Michael Lorenzen|
|Tyler Stephenson||Brandon Bailey (60-day)|
Max Schrock and Mark Payton were both optioned to the Reds alternate site. To make room on the 40-man roster with Joey Votto coming off of the injured list, Cincinnati designated pitcher Edgar García for assignment. Shogo Akiyama, Sonny Gray, and Michael Lorenzen were all placed on the 10-day injured list.