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MLB: Exhibition-Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Blue Jays have released what their opening roster will be. They will have 15 pitchers and 15 batters. I thought they would be 14-16, but I like this better.

Catchers: Reese McGuire, Danny Jansen.

Infielders: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cavan Biggio, Bo Bichette, Travis Shaw, Rowdy Tellez, Joe Panik, Santiago Espinal

Outfielders: Teoscar Hernandez, Randal Grichuk, Lourdes Gurriel , Derek Fisher, Anthony Alford, Billy McKinney

Pitchers: Anthony Bass, A.J. Cole, Rafael Dolis, Sam Gaviglio, Ken Giles, Thomas Hatch, Anthony Kay, Brian Moran, Tanner Roark, Jordan Romano, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Matt Shoemaker, Trent Thornton, Jacob Waguespack, Shun Yamaguchi

Taxi: Nate Pearson, Ryan Borucki, Caleb Joseph


Where they differ from what I guessed? I had Breyvic Valera but he never made it to the team and with the extra batter they have Billy McKinney.

On the pitching side, I had Ryan Borucki (it is possible that he is on the taxi squad until his start if he was on the starting rotation). I didn’t have Brian Moran, I had Jake Petricka instead.


Chase Anderson goes on the 10-day IL with a oblique stain.

Cole and Moran get selected to the major league roster. Kay, Waguespack, Espinal and Hatch are recalled from the ‘alternate training site’.

Borucki gets optioned to the alternate training site. Borucki is the real surprise, I thought he would make the rotation, and maybe he has, perhaps the reason he sits on the taxi squad until his start.

They don’t tell us how they added the guys to the 40-man roster but apparently players on the IL with Covid come off the 40-man. Jonathan Davis, Brandon Drury, Wilmer Font and Elvis Luciano are on the IL for ‘undisclosed reasons’. And Valera is on the restricted list, since he wasn’t able to report.


Today’s ‘this is where the Jays will call home’ is Camden Yards:

And will it happen? Well...