The Angels have announced their opening day roster. Here are the 25 men who will be wearing red in Seattle on Monday...
1B - Albert Pujols, C.J. Cron, Efren Navarro
2B - Johnny Giavotella
SS - Erick Aybar
3B - David Freese
C - Chris Iannetta, Drew Butera
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.
RF - Kole Calhoun
CF - Mike Trout
LF - Collin Cowgill, Matt Joyce
Let's hope Cowgill starts against lefties and Joyce against righties. Navarro will make an occasional appearance out here as well.
After the easy 1-2-3, things get a little perplexing.
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.
LIsted in reverse order that you would see them appear in a game.
Look for Cron and Joyce to get the most ABs at DH short of giving Albert a day off of his feet.
- 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.
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.