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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