The Dodgers bullpen picture got a little bit clearer on Saturday, with Chris Hatcher told by manager Don Mattingly and president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman before the game that he will be on the opening day roster.
Friedman told Alanna Rizzo on the SportsNet LA pregame show that the pitchers definitely in the opening day bullpen were Joel Peralta, J.P. Howell, Hatcher and "another lefty." Friedman wasn't specific with the remaining four spots, though his hint means one of the spots will be occupied by Paco Rodriguez, Adam Liberatore or David Huff.
Rodriguez has allowed no runs and no walks in 10⅔ innings this spring, with only four hits allowed and 13 strikeouts. He told Rizzo on the postgame show that he hasn't been told his roster status one way or another.
For Hatcher, this is his first opening day roster. The hard-throwing right-hander had a 3.38 ERA in 52 games for the Marlins in 2014, with 60 strikeouts and just 12 walks in 56 innings. He is out of options.
Hatcher pitched in both games in Anaheim on Thursday and Friday, retiring all four batters he faced, including two by strikeout.
Finalized rosters are due to MLB by noon PT on Sunday, though Mattingly said after the game the roster would be announced on Saturday.