The picture became clearer this week once Matt Belisle went out with a sore right forearm. After a couple of days off, Belisle threw on the side Friday and is scheduled to work in a side bullpen session on Saturday. It will be tough for him to catch up. Homer Bailey had a decent start on Thursday, but it probably was not enough after a lackluster spring.Cincinnati's spring roster whittled down to 42 players after reliever Scott Sauerbeck and catcher Alvin Colina were reassigned to the Minor League camp on Friday. The tightest battle remaining is the fight to be 25th man among Jolbert Cabrera, Andy Phillips, Andy Green, Jerry Hairston Jr. and Jerry Gil. "That's a very important spot -- I wish we had 26-27 spots," Baker said. "You're like a minuteman. You have to stay ready all the time. It's a very difficult job for young players to stay ready ... [you look] for guys that have had some success in the past, where 0-for-1 isn't going to drive them crazy for a week until they get the next one because they have some history of success in this game. They're not worried about being sent down because they're out of options, generally."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.