Mar 13, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Alfredo Simon (31) pitches in the fourth inning of a spring training game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds Projected Pitching And Bullpen Rotation

The Cincinnati Reds will start the season with six players on the disabled list. That is the bad news. The good news is their lineup is relatively healthy and four of the five starters are healthy. The bullpen and bench are where the injury-bug struck.

ROTATION:

1.  Johnny Cueto

2.  Tony Cingrani

3.  Homer Bailey

4.  Mike Leake

5.  Alfredo Simon

The rotation was hit hard this spring by injuries. Mat Latos will start the year on the disabled list. He needed knee surgery after hurting himself the day before camp opened. He was already rehabbing for elbow surgery. He could be back within two weeks.

Cueto, Bailey and Leake all missed starts as well. They got healthy just as spring ended.

Brett Marshall would have been the fifth starter, but he strained tendon on his pitching hand in his final spring start.

BULLPEN:

J.J. Hoover

Sam LeCure

Logan Ondrusek

Manny Parra

Pedro Beato

Nick Christiani

Jose Diaz

The three highest-paid relievers, closer Aroldis Chapman and setup men Sean Marshall and Jonathan Broxton, will start the year on the disabled list.

Manager Bryan Price has not named a closer. Hoover is the most likely candidate. Broxton will likely be back inside two weeks. Chapman is out at least a month after that scary incident in which he took a line drive to the forehead.

Tags: Alfredo Simon Cincinnati Reds Homer Bailey Johnny Cueto Mike Leake Reds Tony Cingrani

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