After Saturday night’s loss to the Angels — which marked the end of spring training (good riddance) — the Dodgers announced the final roster inclusions and cuts.
Despite the myriad of injuries, there still weren’t a lot of surprises for this year’s roster. And honestly, it’s really no big deal who does and doesn’t make the roster out of spring training. Sure, it’s a nice accolade, but in the end, it doesn’t mean a lot because the roster will change so much throughout the course of the season.
Starting pitchers (5)
Relief pitchers (7)
Disabled list (8)
*- denotes 60-day DL
The biggest surprise to me is Culberson. The guy can’t hit a lick, but it goes to show what a good glove can do for a player’s prospects. That, and the fact Kendrick is beginning the season on the disabled list and the only backup shortstop would have been a guy who is also the backup center fielder and second baseman. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers will have to place either Anderson or Ethier on the 60-day DL. Ethier will probably be back first, so I’m guessing it’ll be Anderson.
Coleman edged out Avilan, mostly because he’s out of options. But Avilan had a dreadful spring and the fact he has options meant he can go to Oklahoma City and iron out any kinks. The Dodgers are taking a chance relying on Howell as the lone lefty, but it won’t be a season-long thing.
Barnes and Thompson made the team strictly because of injuries, even if Stacie and I thought Barnes had a great argument for being on the roster, even if Grandal were healthy. Dave Roberts addressed that in brief.
Roberts said when Grandal returns carrying 3 catchers is an option
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) April 2, 2016
This really seems like a no-brainer. We’ll see if it comes to be. Thompson got a nod for the opening day roster, but I’m not expecting him to play a whole lot before Grandal and Kendrick are back.
First pitch is in 32 hours. Huzzah!