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The Los Angeles Dodgers had until noon pacific time Sunday to set their 25-man roster for the 2015 season, which for them, begins with first pitch against the San Diego Padres on Monday at 1:10 p.m. PT.

While the Dodgers could’ve waited until Sunday to announce their active roster, they arrived at their decision(s) by Saturday. As president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman told SportsNet LA’s Alanna Rizzo prior to Friday’s game, Chris Hatcher, J.P. Howell and Joel Peralta were among the relievers named to the roster.

Hours prior to the Dodgers making any of the announcements official, Pedro Moura of the OC Register reported Kiké Hernandez did not make the roster. Hernandez got off to a slow start this spring before hitting his stride at the plate in recent weeks. Considering Hernandez’s versatility, it won’t come as a surprise should he be called up if the Dodgers need to replace an injured player.

Also among the players to not make the roster are relief pitchers Adam Liberatore and Sergio Santos. Liberatore didn’t allow a run in 10.1 innings (11 appearances) and likely was a victim of being a reliever with options available.

Santos got off to a strong start then faltered a bit and allowed at least one run in five of his last seven outings. Chin-hui Tsao, who was attempting to make an improbable comeback and had some bright moments in camp, was also left off the active roster.

Whereas some of the pitchers signed to Minor-League deals have opt-out clauses, Chad Gaudin does not, which means he’ll begin the season in the Minors after rehabbing his nerve injury.

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Matt is a journalist from Whittier, California. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, Matthew occasionally contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as the lead editor and digital strategist at Dodgers Nation, and the co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mmoreno1015

11 Responses

  1. Julio Flores

    While the team appears to be stronger with position players, pitching does not look strong and the expectations may be too much for the pitching group. Let’s hope for the best….however that may be define. Go Dodgers

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    • Alex

      Maybe. We’ll have to see how McCarthy and Anderson do. But thankfully today it was the Padres’ bullpen that blew up instead of ours. 🙂

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    • Michael N. Norris

      That is being cocky. After the trade they pulled off yesterday the Padres just got a whole lot tougher.

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      • Alex

        After the loss today and playing horrible defense, they don’t seem so tough anymore.

  2. Michael N. Norris

    Biggest surprise? That 3 guys who pitched so bad this spring made the team..Hatcher, Peralta and Nicasio. While guys like Huff, Santos, and Liberattore were sent down……

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      • Alex

        I’m worried about him, too. We’ll see how he does in the next month or two.

      • mr_kev

        Probably give Howell a chance then send him down only fast.

  3. mr_kev

    Well it seems Dodgers can’t send out Hatcher out on back to back games. He had nothing on the ball. Also what a surprise JP Howell stunk again. He has absolutely no velocity on the ball. I can’t believe the club didn’t send him packing.

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