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Navarro and Rucinski squeak in.

This blankin' job is not that blankin' easy.
This blankin' job is not that blankin' easy.
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Angels have announced their opening day roster. Here are the 25 men who will be wearing red in Seattle on Monday...

INFIELDERS:

1BAlbert PujolsC.J. CronEfren Navarro

2BJohnny Giavotella

SS - Erick Aybar

3BDavid Freese

CChris IannettaDrew Butera

U - Taylor Featherston


Look for Cron to give Albert a day off his feet every eight or nine games. Navarro will be a lefty situational bat. Butera will Catch once every ten games unless he develops into someone's personal Catcher.

Don't expect many Featherston ABs.

OUTFIELDERS:

RF - Kole Calhoun

CF - Mike Trout

LF - Collin CowgillMatt Joyce

Let's hope Cowgill starts against lefties and Joyce against righties. Navarro will make an occasional appearance out here as well.

STARTING PITCHERS:

Jered Weaver
C.J. Wilson
Matt Shoemaker

After the easy 1-2-3, things get a little perplexing.

Hector Santiago
Drew Rucinski
Jose Alvarez

The Angels may go with a four-man rotation the first time thru the order. They might not. Garrett Richards will miss at least two turns in the rotation. One bad start could necessitate an appearance by any of these three going long and therefore being out of the mix for the starting rotation.

RELIEVERS:

Huston Street
Joe Smith
Mike Morin
Vinnie Pestano
Cesar Ramos
Fernando Salas

LIsted in reverse order that you would see them appear in a game.

DESIGNATED HITTER:

Look for Cron and Joyce to get the most ABs at DH short of giving Albert a day off of his feet.

DISABLED LIST:

  • Richards is scheduled to be back approximately April 22.
  • Reliever Cory Rasmus is out at least six weeks.
  • Outfielder Josh Hamilton is out at least two months.
  • Starter Tyler Skaggs is out for the season recovering form Tommy John surgery.

SURPRISES:

Navarro was the 25th man and maybe the first casualty if something is needed in the IF - look for Grant Green to be up from Salt Lake if that proves to be the case.

Rucinski looks to be an insurance policy if there is bad start between now and Game Eight (April 14) which is when he will likely be needed to start.

The lack of infield depth is screaming for Roberto Baldoquin to bust out of the gates in Single-A and speed his way to the Utility Role in Anaheim.