3 Reds, not named Tejay Antone, who will likely start the 2023 season on the IL

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Spring training is less than a week away, and the injury bug has already crept up and bitten the Cincinnati Reds once again. While last year's Reds team was gutted prior to the season and had no real chance at winning the division, a rash of injuries prevented them from even being competitive.

Unfortunately, it would appear as though the 2023 season will get off to a similar rocky start. Tejay Antone recently announced that he would not be part of the Reds Opening Day roster after suffering a flexor tendon strain.

But Antone will not be the only Reds player who begins the 2023 on the injured list, and the team hasn't even taken the field for their first workout yet. Which 3 Cincinnati Reds players, other than Tejay Antone, will begin the season on the IL?

1. Reds RHP Vladimir Gutierrez will begin the season on the IL.

This has been known for sometime, but it's still a blow to the Cincinnati Reds roster heading into the 2023 season. Vladimir Gutierrez, who was part of the Reds rotation to begin the 2022 season, will begin the upcoming season on the IL.

Gutierrez will not only begin the season on the 60-day IL, but finish on it as well. Gutierrez underwent Tommy John surgery last July, and after watching how the Reds handled Tejay Antone last season, it's a good bet that Gutierrez will miss the entirety of the 2023 season.

Gutierrez moved from the rotation to the bullpen last season after seeing his production dip quite a bit. After undergoing reconstructive elbow surgery, it's quite likely that Gutierrez's status will be that of a reliever going forward.

Vladimir Gutierrez has been part of the Cincinnati Reds organization for what feels like forever. After playing for the Cuba national team in 2014, the Reds signed him as a free agent in 2015 at 19 years old. There's a chance that Gutierrez could return in 2023, but it seems unlikely.