Roster could be set by weekend trip to Montreal

Price talks moves, updates Bailey's progress

Roster could be set by weekend trip to Montreal

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds will break camp on Thursday following the final Cactus League game of spring vs. the Indians. After that, they fly to Montreal for exhibition games Friday and Saturday vs. the Blue Jays.

With 36 players remaining, will the Reds have a set 25-man roster before heading north of the border?

"It's probable that when we leave for Montreal, that guys will know they're on the team," Reds manager Bryan Price said on Sunday.

Price left some wiggle room, however.

"The only caveat, of course, is that in 2012, we got [pitcher Alfredo] Simon the day before, or two days before Opening Day on a waiver claim," Price said. "You just never know in baseball, who is going to become available."

That waiver claim cost Todd Frazier his roster spot on the eve of that year's opener. Cincinnati has generally not set its final roster before camp breaks in recent years, making the final cuts upon reaching Cincinnati.

Have the Reds told any players fighting for spots, namely non-roster invites, that they've made the club?

"No. We have not," Price replied.

Other items of note from Sunday:

• Price said that the team would bring extra players along from Minor League camp for the games in Montreal.

• Reds pitcher Homer Bailey, who is returning from flexor mass tendon surgery near his right elbow, will remain behind a few extra days after the team leaves. Bailey will start two more Minor League games in Arizona, on Wednesday and on April 6. After that, Price said, he could pitch another game for either Triple-A Louisville or Double-A Pensacola.

"Then we'll re-evaluate and see if he's ready to join us in the middle of the month," Price said. "As far as building him up, he's going to need that start in the Minor Leagues."

• The club is still determining whether reliever Sean Marshall and outfielder Jason Bourgeois will remain in Arizona for extended spring or continue their rehab in Cincinnati. Marshall, who had shoulder surgery last June, has yet to pitch in a spring game. Bourgeois is out 4-6 weeks with a fracture in his left shoulder.

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.