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Bell, Bernadina, Barnhart, Soto to break with Reds

Bell, Bernadina, Barnhart, Soto to break with Reds

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Get ready for a flurry of Reds roster moves, perhaps starting sometime around 3 p.m. ET Sunday, the deadline for filing official rosters with Major League Baseball.

First-year Cincinnati manager Bryan Price got the ball rolling on Saturday, revealing shortly after the Reds' 1-0 exhibition loss to Triple-A Louisville that two non-roster players -- right-handed pitcher Trevor Bell and outfielder Roger Bernadina -- had earned spots on the team. They join infielder Ramon Santiago as non-roster invitees to Spring Training to make the team for Opening Day, which means the Reds have to remove at least three players from their current 40-man roster.

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Any players cut from the 40-man roster must pass through waivers, unless an injured player is placed on the 60-day disabled list. Price wouldn't comment on which players were being removed from the 40-man roster.

Price also announced that Tucker Barnhart, a pure catcher, and Neftali Soto, a corner infielder who started working this spring to add catching to his repertoire, will join Brayan Pena to give the Reds three players capable of catching. Barnhart will likely get most of his work as the backup to Pena, who will start in place of the injured Devin Mesoraco, the projected everyday backstop before developing an oblique injury.

"That's a luxury, for sure," Price said about having three catchers.

Bernadina earned his spot by hitting .413 in 22 Cactus League games. Bell logged a 1.04 ERA in nine games and will get a shot at helping fill the bullpen slot left vacant when right-hander Alfredo Simon was moved into the starting rotation to replace the injured Mat Latos.

"We needed somebody with good length," Price said.

Mark Schmetzer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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