Surprising roster moves give clues to who'll make the Reds Opening Day roster

Cincinnati Reds non-roster invitee pitcher Brandon Williamson.
Cincinnati Reds non-roster invitee pitcher Brandon Williamson. / Cincinnati Enquirer-USA TODAY NE

The Cincinnati Reds made a series of roster moves on Saturday, several of which may give fans insight into who's going to be part of the Opening Day roster. Cincinnati re-assigned 12 players to minor league camp and placed reliever Tejay Antone on the 60-day IL. The team also made Tommy Pham's one-year deal official.

Antone's placement on the IL should not come as a surprise. The right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery last season and isn't expected to pitch at all in 2022. Justin Dunn will likely join on the 60-day IL very soon.

The Reds signed Tommy Pham and put Tejay Antone on the IL.

Two of the more surprising transactions were Mark Kolozsvary and Alejo Lopez both being sent to minor league camp. Lopez made his major league debut last season and Kolozsvary was called up to the big leagues, but didn't get into a game.

Both Kolozsvary and Lopez are on the Reds 40-man roster. Kolozsvary had been in competition during spring training to be Tyler Stephenson's backup. But it appears that position battle has come down to Andrew Knapp and Aramís García, as Chuckie Robinson and Chris Okey were reassigned to minor league camp as well.

Zack Godley and Joel Kuhnel, both of whom were in the mix to be part of the Cincinnati Reds bullpen, were also reassigned to minor league camp. Godley is part of the 40-man roster, but Kuhnel was non-roster invitee. Fellow non-roster invitees Connor Overton and the recently acquired Brandon Williamson were transferred to minor league camp too.

Infielders Matt McLain and Miguel Hernandéz and outfielders Ronnie Dawson and Trey Amburgey round out the 12 players reassigned to minor league camp. The Reds now have 50 players remaining in major league camp, 35 of which are on the 40-man roster.

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This would lead one to believe that Albert Almora Jr., Nick Lodolo, Brandon Drury, Jake Bauers, Kyle Zimmer, Buck Farmer, and Graham Ashcraft are still in the mix to be part of the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day roster. The Reds first game of the 2022 season is less than two weeks away.