3 Reds whose time on the Opening Day roster will be short-lived

Daniel Duarte at Cincinnati Reds Photo Day.
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New York Mets third baseman Brandon Drury (35) attempts to make a barehanded catch.
New York Mets third baseman Brandon Drury (35) attempts to make a barehanded catch. / Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

2. Brandon Drury, Reds infielder

Let's be real about this; if it weren't for three different infielders going down with injuries, we're not talking about Brandon Drury being part of the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day roster. But, with Jose Barrero, Donovan Solano, and now Max Schrock all slated to miss time, Drury is the Reds best option to back up shortstop Kyle Farmer.

How long will Drury be part of the Reds roster? I'd say about as long as it takes Solano to return from the injury that will put him on the 10-day IL. While Drury is fine utility player, Solano was signed to be one of Cincinnati's key bats versus left-handed pitching.

Drury, who was part of the New York Mets bench mob last season, has actually performed well in Cactus League play this spring. The 29-year-old is slashing .400/.526/.800 with a home run and six RBIs. However, the back of Drury's baseball card would tell you that he's a career .249 hitter with an OPS of just .711.

If by some chance Brandon Drury can mimic the success he's had this spring and last season with the Mets (.274/.307/.476), then there's an outside chance the Cincinnati Reds could hang onto the former 13th-round pick. But, I don't think Drury should get too comfortable being part of the 28-man roster.