3/28/2014 9:05 P.M. ET
Reds facing roster decisions over weekend
By Bill Vilona / Special to MLB.com
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Time is running out for the Reds to trim their roster from 38 players to 25 for Monday's regular-season opener vs. the Cardinals.
General manager Walt Jocketty, vice president Bill Bavasi and others met on Friday at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium to sort out the decisions.
The Reds will start the season with six players on the disabled list.
"Whenever you have injuries, it hurts your club in every facet," said manager Bryan Price. "Guys who may be significant contributors to our club, and we hope to have all of them back at least by May. That being said, it's created a lot of opportunities for a lot of non-roster players -- the players in our system and the players we brought in from outside our system who have a chance to challenge for jobs on the Opening Day roster."
Seven players -- including Minor League outfielder Ryan LaMarre, pitcher Chad Rogers and catcher Tucker Barnhart -- were added this spring to the 40-man roster.
"You have to create spots on the 40-man roster in order to accommodate these players who are non-roster," Price said. "So there are lot of issues involved with that. We're trying to take the field on Opening Day with the best possible 25 [players] and risk losing the fewest amount of players."
Reds' exhibition rained out in Pensacola
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Mike Leake was scheduled to get some final work in for the regular season vs. Double-A Pensacola on Friday, but after a series of rain delays, the game was ultimately called.
Originally scheduled for a 7:05 ET first pitch, the game was pushed back to 8:05 before being canceled when the rain didn't let up.
The game would have been the first time a Major League team played in Pensacola since 1958, when Stan Musial and the St. Louis Cardinals played the Chicago White Sox.
Every effort was made to get the game played, or at least started for a sellout crowd. But the weather wouldn't cooperate.
• Price said he liked the progression of center fielder Billy Hamilton, who played part of the 2012 season with Double-A Pensacola en route to setting the Minor League stolen base record.
"I don't know if he could have done anything more over the course of the Cactus League season," Price said. "He got on base, he walked, put balls in play, grinded out two-strike at-bats, bunted successfully and played a flawless center field. He's got good arm strength and accuracy from the outfield and really did what we asked him to do."
Bill Vilona is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.