3 Reds players in danger of losing their 40-man roster spot by the end of the week
By Drew Koch
With so many injuries occurring as the Cincinnati Reds are readying to leave Arizona, the fallout from the handful of roster decisions remaining may not be so bad.
Lucas Sims and Luke Weaver have been limited due to injuries of late, and that could have a major impact on who the Reds take north for Opening Day. But there's also several non-roster invitees who could be joining the party, and they're going to need a place to park.
Tejay Antone and Justin Dunn will begin the 2023 season on the 60-day IL, but that may not offer the Reds enough flexibility to fit Chad Pinder, Alex Young, and a few others onto the 40-man roster. Who could lose that coveted spot by the end of the week?
1. Bennett Sousa could lose his spot on the Reds 40-man roster.
Bennett Sousa was a late-arrival to Reds spring training after spending the majority of the offseason with the Chicago White Sox. But, the South Siders decided Sousa was expendable, and the Redlegs, desperate for a left-handed reliever, jumped at the opportunity to being Sousa into the fold.
Sousa has been battling with fellow southpaw Alex Young since his setting foot inside the Reds complex in Goodyear, Arizona. Manager David Bell is looking to pair Reiver Sanmartin with another left-hander, and after releasing Daniel Norris earlier this week, only two options remain.
By the numbers, Sousa has been outperformed by Young. The former San Francisco Giants reliever has excelled since joining the Reds on a minor-league deal and will need a 40-man roster spot if Cincinnati intends to select his contract prior to Opening Day.
Bennett Sousa does have minor-league options remaining, but as was mentioned earlier, the injuries to the Reds pitching staff may necessitate some less than desirable decisions. Sousa is certainly in danger of losing his spot on the Reds 40-man roster.