Reds announce Opening Day roster

March 30th, 2023

CINCINNATI -- Hours ahead of first pitch on Opening Day, the Reds officially set their active roster.

The final decision was to bring back outfielder Stuart Fairchild as the 13th position player. Fairchild, who was optioned to Triple-A Louisville as a Spring Training cut, was recalled. 

With Joey Votto opening the regular season on the injured list while working back from left shoulder surgery, Cincinnati wanted to go with a corner infielder and officially selected the contract of first baseman/third baseman Jason Vosler.

Here is the makeup of the Reds' 26-man roster:

Catcher (3): , ,
Having three catchers enables Stephenson to get injury protection but will also free him to play first base and be the designated hitter to keep him in the lineup more often. The club is hoping he can play 140-150 games.

First base (1):
With Votto beginning the season on the injured list, Vosler made the team as a non-roster player. The 39-year-old Votto could be back soon, after a rehab assignment with Louisville, as he completes his comeback from shoulder surgery. That will begin on Friday.

Second base (1):
There was never any doubt, here. India came to camp looking lean and more mobile. In the latter portion of Cactus League games, he started hitting the ball harder and getting more results.

Shortstop (2): ,
After a slow start, Barrero's offseason hitting adjustments finally clicked and he delivered more consistent results. He will be the starter on Opening Day, but expect Newman to play there, as well as get time at second base and third base.

Third base (1):
Steer produced a very nice camp, offensively. He had some defensive issues but nothing that can't be cleaned up.

Outfielders (4): , , , ,
Benson earned his way on the team with a productive camp. Fairchild was already optioned to Triple-A Louisville as a camp cut but was brought back. Henry Ramos had a much better spring while batting .448 with two homers but was not on the 40-man roster. Vosler needed to be added and there wasn't enough space to also add Ramos.

DH/bench/utility (0): 
The Reds will rotate the designated hitter spot among many regulars and their bench. With Chad Pinder being a camp cut, the Reds don't have a true utility player on the 26-man roster.

Starting pitchers (5): , , , ,
Overton and Cessa won the fourth and fifth spots, respectively. Overton was able to overcome a poor start and dialed himself in just in time. Cessa returned early from the World Baseball Classic and showed he would be ready to start.

Relief pitchers (8): (CL), , , , , , Derek Law,
The final decision was to keep Kuhnel and option left-hander Bennett Sousa to Louisville. Kuhnel got the nod, in part, because the club is more familiar with him, since he's been with the team since 2019. The Reds also already had two lefties in Sanmartin and Young.