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:
Blue Jays have the approval of the Orioles to use Camden Yards. They need the state of Maryland sign off on it but that appears to be their best hope for an MLB park to call home at the moment.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 23, 2020
And will it happen? Well...
The AP interviewed Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. Asked about the Jays in Baltimore: "We've had some discussions with the Orioles. I don't know the final details of that. Obviously we're watching our numbers very carefully every day. We're concerned about the spikes in other states."— Rob Gillies (@rgilliescanada) July 23, 2020