Cincinnati has 34 healthy players remaining in camp, meaning there are nine more cuts to make to get down to the 25-man limit by Opening Day on April 2.Injury report: A strained right forearm kept outfielder Chris Denorfia out for the third straight game. Denorfia, who is fighting for one of the final roster spots, is unable to throw, but he has taken swings the past couple of days. "It's tough any time that you get hurt, but especially coming into the season," Denorfia said Monday. "It was a good time for me to build up some momentum to start the season off strong. It was kind of interrupted. I'll just have to play a little catch-up. I got plenty of at-bats already, so I'm pretty confident I'll be ready to go when I'm healthy." Reliever Bill Bray still has discomfort in his bruised left index finger and did not throw, as originally scheduled. Right elbow soreness has kept infielder Juan Castro from playing in the field. Castro can still hit, however. Injured outfielder Norris Hopper, who is battling with Denorfia, had his bruised right heel removed from a protective boot. Hopper was scheduled to throw and hit. Elizardo Ramirez (sore right shoulder) was expected to play catch on Monday. The lineup: The Nos. 1-8 slots of the Reds lineup vs. Boston was the likely group fans will see on Opening Day. It was Ryan Freel, Adam Dunn, Brandon Phillips, Ken Griffey Jr., Edwin Encarnacion, Scott Hatteberg, Alex Gonzalez and David Ross. "Hopefully, they'll get a chance to play all this week," Narron said. Missing from two of the past three starting lineups has been Josh Hamilton, who started a majority of this spring's games. Hamilton will likely come off the bench and fill in around the outfield and pinch-hit. "If everybody stays healthy, that would be his role [in the regular season]," Narron said. Hamilton pinch-hit for Livingston in the fifth and grounded out to first base off Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka. He finished the game 1-for-3 and has a .400 (24-for-60) average. Record set: Monday's announced attendance of 7,663 fans set a new record at Ed Smith Stadium, breaking the old mark set in 1992, when the White Sox played there. Coming up: Kyle Lohse will get the start when the Reds face the Phillies on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET in Clearwater. Lefty Jamie Moyer is scheduled to pitch for Philadelphia. Griffey Jr., who went 0-for-3 on Monday in his second game of spring, is on the travel roster to make the bus trip.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less