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Backup catcher, utility spot need resolving


GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Now that Aroldis Chapman has been named the Reds' closer and Mike Leake is the fifth starter, the Reds only have a few roster battles remaining.

Still to be decided is the backup catcher spot between Devin Mesoraco and Miguel Olivo; the utility infielder spot among Jason Donald, Emmanuel Burriss and Cesar Izturis; and several contenders vying the last couple of bullpen spots.

The spring roster is currently at 36 players and must be at 25 players by Opening Day. Manager Dusty Baker did not know how soon the final decisions would be made.

"If I knew, it would be done already," Baker said. "That's why it's called tough cuts and last cuts."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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