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... pitchers and ... position players on the initial roster

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The Angels set their 2020 opening day roster on Thursday, opting for 16 pitchers, including two-way player Shohei Ohtani.

Ohtani will get the start on the mound on Sunday in Oakland, in the Angels’ third game of the season, and will likely start once a week. The Angels will use a six-pitcher starting rotation, beginning with Andrew Heaney, Dylan Bundy, Griffin Canning, Matt Andriese, and Patrick Sandoval in addition to Ohtani.

Heaney gets the ball on Friday night when the Angels opening their season against the Athletics in Oakland.

Julio Teheran, signed to a one-year, $9 million contract in December, figures to be a big part of the rotation at some point this season, but will start the season on the injured list. Teheran tested positive for COVID-19 and was late reporting to training camp. He threw Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, and manager Joe Maddon said his next time out will be a two-inning stint, so Teheran still needs some time to stretch back into a starter’s role.

Anthony Rendon is on the active roster. He’s dealing with a sore oblique and won’t play on Opening Day Friday, but the Angels for now are avoiding an injured list stint, hopeful Rendon will be back before what would have been a week of missed games. David Fletcher is expected to fill in at third base while Rendon is out.

Utility man Luis Rengifo has been battling a hamstring injury, but isn’t on the roster. He’ll start on the injured list, as will left-handed pitchers Dillon Peters and Jose Suarez.

The Angels added pitchers Jacob Barnes and Hoby Milner, who were on minor league deals, to the active roster, rounding out the bullpen.

Active roster limits are increased to 30 players for the first two weeks of the season, then are reduced to 28 players for the next two weeks. After that, the usual 26-player active roster limit will apply for the remainder of the season.

Justin Anderson, who had Tommy John surgery this week, is on the 45-day injured list.

Angels opening day roster

Pos Player 2020 age Service time Options (used)
Pos Player 2020 age Service time Options (used)
C Jason Castro 33 9.104 3 (none)
1B/DH Albert Pujols 40 19.000 n/a
2B/3B Tommy La Stella 31 5.057 1 (2016-17)
3B Anthony Rendon 30 6.130 n/a
SS Andrelton Simmons 30 7.125 n/a
LF Justin Upton 32 12.060 n/a
CF Mike Trout 28 8.070 n/a
OF Brian Goodwin 29 3.019 0 (2015-17)
2B/3B David Fletcher 26 1.111 3 (none)
3B/LF Taylor Ward 26 0.093 2 (2019)
C Max Stassi 29 3.049 0 (2014-16)
3B/1B Matt Thaiss 25 0.089 3 (none)
1B Jared Walsh 26 0.065 2 (2019)
OF Michael Hermosillo 25 0.157 1 (2018-19)
SP Andrew Heaney 29 4.150 1 (2014-15)
SP Dylan Bundy 27 4.026 0 (2012-15)
DH/SP Shohei Ohtani 25 2.000 3 (none)
SP Griffin Canning 24 0.153 3 (none)
SP Matt Andriese 30 4.071 1 (2015-16)
SP Patrick Sandoval 23 0.056 3 (none)
CL Hansel Robles 29 4.119 0 (2013, 2017-18)
RHP Ty Buttrey 27 1.046 2 (2018)
RHP Keynan Middleton 26 2.150 2 (2017)
RHP Mike Mayers 28 2.020 0 (2016-18)
RHP Cam Bedrosian 28 4.153 0 (2014-16)
LHP Hoby Milner 29 1.015 2 (2018)
RHP Noe Ramirez 30 2.139 0 (2015-17)
RHP Felix Peña 30 2.079 1 (2017-18)
LHP Ryan Buchter 33 4.010 2 (2014)
RHP Jacob Barnes 30 3.030 0 (2016, 18-19)
Injured list Julio Teheran 29 7.062 1 (2011-12)
Injured list Jose Suarez 22 0.091 2 (2019)
Injured list Dillon Peters 27 0.144 1 (2018-19)
Injured list Luis Rengifo 23 0.147 2 (2019)
45-day IL Justin Anderson 27 1.161 3 (none)