Cincinnatians have a lot to look forward to this year
CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Reds fans have a long way to go to be ready for the 2015 season.
The Reds are scheduled to open the season at 10 a.m.
Wednesday in Cleveland, which means it will be nearly two months before the team gets to see its roster again.
On Monday, the team announced the 25 players who will take part in spring training training.
Among them is a number of players who played last season in the NL East, including first baseman Brandon Phillips, who played in every game last season, and right-hander Matt Harvey, who pitched in 13 games and was 1-1 with a 3.30 ERA.
Phillips played just four games for Cincinnati in 2015 after going to Triple-A Louisville last year.
He will make his first spring training start and will start for the Reds on Tuesday against the New York Yankees.
The 25 players will be available for selection when the Reds open spring training, which starts at 8 a.mea on Monday.
Phillip said he expects to play in Cleveland on Tuesday.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Phillips said.
“I think it’s going to be fun.”
Phillips and Harvey have a good relationship.
Phillipp was a member of the Reds farm system from 2011 to 2013 and then moved to Cincinnati in 2014 to be closer to his father, the former Cincinnati Reds pitcher.
Harvey signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds in May 2015, but returned to Louisville to continue to play baseball.
Phillies and Harvey are teammates for the New Orleans Pelicans, who also have Phillips in their minor league system.
Phillys will have to do some catching for the team in Cleveland.
The Reds had three players make their major league debuts in 2015, with Phillips and Harvey both coming off the disabled list.