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Baker finalizes Reds' roster, rotation

Baker finalizes Reds' roster, rotation

Baker finalizes Reds' roster, rotation
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The day before his club breaks Spring Training camp and heads home to Cincinnati, Reds manager Dusty Baker finalized both his season-opening roster and starting rotation.

The choices to trim the three players to get down to the 25-man active roster were easy: Going on the disabled list will be outfielder Fred Lewis (sore right oblique) and right-hander Jose Arredondo (right elbow), while non-roster catcher Corky Miller will be reassigned to Minor League camp.

The move with Lewis means the last seat on the bench will be taken by Juan Francisco, a corner infielder who also has outfield experience.

Edinson Volquez, who will oppose the Brewers in Thursday's Opening Day match at Great American Ball Park, will be followed to the hill by Travis Wood on Saturday and Bronson Arroyo in Sunday's finale against Milwaukee.

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After another off-day on Monday, Mike Leake will open a three-game series against the Astros. Then Volquez will begin another spin of the four-man rotation, which the Reds can get by using until April 11 due to the early off-days.

It's not the way Baker had originally drawn it up.

As he said, "I had some dynamite plans," before injuries to two of Cincinnati's starting pitchers forced adjustments. Johnny Cueto (shoulder inflammation) and Homer Bailey (shoulder impingement) will both start the season on the DL.

The blueprint had Cueto and Bailey following Volquez and Arroyo -- who himself is slightly impaired as he fights off mononucleosis -- then Wood, with Leake in reserve.

Cueto, who was shut down a week ago, actually has resumed playing catch, which Baker called "a great sign."

"He says he feels great. Part of being a professional is knowing your body," said Baker, who still ruled out any possibility of Cueto being available when a fifth starter is needed. "We're not going to rush him back. He doesn't think it'll take him as long to get back, but it's up to us to slow him down."

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