“We’re going to be pretty deliberate with his rehab,” Price said. “It’s not a matter of saying he has to be ready for Opening Day at all costs. We aren’t going that way. We’re going to let this happens as it happens to see how he responds to an increased workload. He is going to be every other game. There is no way to increase the innings workload by going back-to-back. My goal is to get his individual game workload stretched out.”
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The Reds have a backup plan to serve as a backup to starting catcher Tucker Barnhart. Stuart Turner, a Rule V draft pick, who has to stay on the Reds active roster or be offered back to Minnesota. Rob Brantly, who was signed to a minor league contract, has Major League experience with the Miami Marlins and Chicago White Sox.
“Brantly and Turner have been outstanding,” Price said. “ … I’d be comfortable with either one of them making the ballclub.”