AL East Roundup: Opening Day Rosters
By Dereck Violante
In this edition of Rays Colored Glasses AL East Roundup we will take an inside look at the opening day rosters for all teams in the AL East.
Pitchers (12): Jake Arrieta, Luis Ayala, Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez, Jason Hammel, Tommy Hunter, Jim Johnson, Brian Matusz, T.J. McFarland, Darren O’Day, Troy Patton, and Pedro Strop.
Catchers (2): Taylor Teagarden and Matt Weiters.
Infielders (6): Alexi Castilla, Chris Davis, Ryan Flaherty, J.J. Hardy, Manny Machado, and Brian Roberts.
Outfielder (5): Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, Nate McLouth, Steve Pearce, and Nolan Reimold.
Notable players starting the season on the DL(1): Chris Tillman (abdominal soreness) and Wilson Betemit (torn PCL in right knee).
Notable players assigned to the Minors, DFA’d, or Cut: Mark Hendrickson, Jair Jurrjens, and Conor Jackson.
Newsworthy: Top prospect Dylan Bundy did not make the major league roster.
Opening Day Starter: Jason Hammel.
Boston Red Sox
Pitchers (12): Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Bailey, Clay Buchholz, Ryan Dempster, Felix Doubront, Joel Hanrahan, John Lackey, Jon Lester, Andrew Miller, Clayton Mortensen, Junichi Tazawa, and Koji Uehara.
Catchers (2): David Ross and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Infielders (6): Mike Carp, Pedro Ciriaco, Jose Iglesias, Will Middlebrooks, Mike Napoli, and Dustin Pedroia.
Outfielders (5): Jackie Bradley Jr., Jacoby Ellsbury, Jonny Gomes, Daniel Nava, and Shane Victorino.
Notable players starting the season on the DL (3): Craig Breslow (left shoulder tendinitis) and Franklin Morales (low back strain), and designated hitter David Ortiz (right Achilles tendinopathy).
Notable players assigned to the Minors, DFA’d, or Cut: Mauro Gomez and Ryan Lavarnway.
Newsworthy: Top prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. making the major league roster.
Opening Day Starter: Jon Lester.
New York Yankees
Pitchers (12): Joba Chamberlain, Cody Eppley, Shawn Kelley, Hiroki Kuroda, Boone Logan, Ivan Nova, Andy Pettite, David Phelps, Mariano Rivera, David Robertson, CC Sabathia, and Adam Warren.
Catchers (2): Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart.
Infielders (5): Robinson Cano, Jason Nix, Eduardo Nunez, Lyle Overbay, and Kevin Youkilis.
Outfielders (5): Brennan Boesch, Ben Francisco, Brett Gardner, Ichiro Suzuki, and Vernon Wells.
DH (1): Travis Hafner.
Notable players starting the season on the DL (6): Curtis Granderson (fractured right forearm), Phil Hughes (bulging disc in back), Derek Jeter (ankle), Michael Pineda (right anterior labrul tear), Alex Rodriguez (right hip), and Mark Teixeira (torn tendon in right wrist).
Notable players assigned to the Minors, DFA’d, or Cut: Juan Rivera.
Newsworthy: Juan Rivera cut in favor of Lyle Overbay.
Opening Day Starter: CC Sabathia.
Tampa Bay Rays
Pitchers (12): Alex Cobb, Jeremy Hellickson, Roberto Hernandez (formally known as Fausto Carmona), Matt Moore, David Price, Kyle Farnsworth, Jake McGee, Jeff Niemann, Joel Peralta, Cesar Ramos, Fernando Rodney, and Jamey Wright.
Catchers (2): Jose Lobaton and Jose Molina.
Infielders (7): Shelley Duncan, Yunel Escobar, Kelly Johnson, James Loney, Evan Longoria, Ryan Roberts, and Sean Rodriguez.
Outfielder (4): Sam Fuld, Desmond Jennings, Matt Joyce, and Ben Zobrist.
Notable players starting the season on the DL(2): Juan Carlos Oviedo (formally known as Leo Nunez) (Tommy John surgery in September 2012) and Luke Scott (right calf strain).
Notable players assigned to the Minors, DFA’d, or Cut: Leslie Anderson and Chris Gimenez as well as Wil Myers.
Newsworthy: Shelly Duncan made the opening day roster over both Leslie Anderson and Chris Gimenez. Wil Myers assigned to the minors. Veteran Jamie Wright makes the major league roster.
Opening Day Starter: David Price.
Toronto Blue Jays
Pitchers (13): Mark Buehrle, Brett Cecil, Steve Delabar, R.A. Dickey, J.A Happ, Casey Janssen, Jeremy Jeffress, Josh Johnson, Aaron Loup, Brandon Morrow, Darren Oliver, Esmil Rogers, and Sergio Santos.
Catchers (2): J.P. Arencibia and Henry Blanco.
Infielders (6): Emilio Bonifacio, Mark DeRosa, Edwin Encarnacion, Maicer Izturis, Adam Lind, and Jose Reyes.
Outfielders (4): Jose Bautista, Melky Cabrera, Rajai Davis, and Colby Rasmus.
Notable players starting the season on the DL(3): Kyle Drabek (Tommy John surgery in June 2012), Brett Lawrie (strained left rib cage), and Dustin McGowan (sore right shoulder),
Notable players assigned to the Minors, DFA’d, or Cut: Ricky Romero and Josh Thole.
Newsworthy: Ricky Romero assigned to single A to work out his problems.
Opening Day Starter: R.A. Dickey.