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Price, Reds discuss callups during stretch run

Price, Reds discuss callups during stretch run

CINCINNATI -- The Reds' front office has been meeting in recent days to discuss potential September callups from the Minor Leagues. Major League rosters can expand from 25 to 40 players on Monday.

"I think we're going to get somewhere in the neighborhood of seven to nine, I would say," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "I think that would be a reasonable assumption. There are some guys that we would really like to see. It kind of gives us a chance to take a better look at guys given that opportunity."

If that many names are on the list, it would mean that some new faces will be joining the familiar past callups from Triple-A Louisville, such as catcher Tucker Barnhart, outfielder Donald Lutz, infielder Neftali Soto and relievers J.J. Hoover and Curtis Partch.

"We've talked about a lot of guys, but we have some guys [who] haven't been here that are being discussed," Price said, without specifying names. "It will be interesting to see how much playing time they get, because a lot of that will be dictated by where we are in the standings. You can't really showcase your young players and give them a lot of opportunity if you're still chasing a postseason spot."

Only a handful of players on the 40-man roster have yet to play in the big leagues, including Double-A Pensacola outfielders Yorman Rodriguez and Juan Duran.

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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