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Dodgers News: Brusdar Graterol and Joe Kelly to Open Season on Injured List

Doc makes official what we all assumed.



T-minus four-ish days until opening day and the 26-man roster is coming into frame for the Dodgers. And in these waning days of spring training, usually that means a subtraction to the roster first. Moreover, on Saturday morning, Dave Roberts confirmed what already had been assumed…

The club will be without the services of pitchers Joe Kelly and Brusdar Graterol to open the season.

In the case of Kelly, he’s behind schedule after experiencing soreness in his throwing arm almost immediately on day one at camp. For Brusdar, Roberts explained earlier this spring that the right-hander was unable to throw regularly in the offseason for a myriad of reasons.

With Doc expecting the club to carry 13 pitchers and 13 position players for opening day, the guarantees are as follows.

Pitchers

  1. Clayton Kershaw
  2. Trevor Bauer
  3. Walker Buehler
  4. Julio Urias
  5. Tony Gonsolin
  6. David Price
  7. Jimmy Nelson
  8. Blake Treinen
  9. Corey Knebel
  10. Victor Gonzalez
  11. Kenley Jansen

Plus, in all likelihood, Dustin May and Scott Alexander.

Position Players

  1. Mookie Betts
  2. Corey Seager
  3. Justin Turner
  4. Max Muncy
  5. Will Smith
  6. Cody Bellinger
  7. AJ Pollock
  8. Gavin Lux
  9. Austin Barnes
  10. Chris Taylor
  11. Zach McKinstry
  12. Edwin Rios
  13. Matt Beaty

With the season ramping back up from 60 games to 162, it’s more important for LA to focus on the long-term health of players over the pageantry of making the opening day roster. Additionally, this affords the team the opportunity to see what a player like Jimmy Nelson can do while truly healthy and back at the big league level for the first time since 2017.

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Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. As far as the bench spots go, Roberts and Dodgers will regret having a LH bench with exception of the catcher not starting and CT3 likely in the lineup a lot already. If I heard right Dodgers will face a LHP in at least 4 of the first 7 games and will be vulnerable in the later innings when teams throw LHP at them. And yes, it could cost them a few of those games. They have the resources to add another RHB because no way should Beaty AND McKinstry make this roster at the same time.

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