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Reds Cut 2; More Expected Friday

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - The Cincinnati Reds' plans to slash their

spring training roster got pushed back another day.

The Reds made two moves on Thursday, optioning right-hander

Carlos Fisher to Triple-A Louisville and reassigning catcher Corky to their minor league camp. They're left with 38 players in

Miller

camp - 13 over the limit for opening day.

General manager Walt Jocketty had indicated the club would

substantially reduce the roster on Thursday. The club wasn't able

to tell some of the players about its plans before they left the

training complex following a 7-6 win over Texas, so the rest of the

moves were put off for another day.

That meant that right-hander Mike Leake and left-hander Travis

Wood would have one more night before learning which of them had

won the fifth starter's spot and their first promotion to the major

leagues.

Part of the delay has been caused by the tight competition for

backup jobs and bullpen spots. The starting lineup and the rotation

have been set for weeks. Manager Dusty Baker said making the final

cuts has been far more difficult this year than in his two previous

seasons with the Reds.

"This has been the toughest we've had since I've been here,"

Baker said. "So that means we're getting better as an

organization. (Fifth-year coach) Billy Hatcher said this is the

toughest he's seen since he's been here. He said there were times

when they were just trying to fill out the roster."

Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman is expected to start the season

in the minors. The left-hander was in the competition for the fifth

starter's spot until he developed back spasms that set him back a

week. Jocketty said the Reds haven't decided where to send Chapman,

who is still learning English and adjusting to professional

baseball.

 

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