LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers made a few more roster moves on Tuesday, optioning both Josh Fields and Adam Liberatore to minor league camp. Those moves mean the club’s opening day pitching staff is essentially decided.
Fields was having trouble earlier in camp with his velocity, but showed improvement of late. Liberatore somehow became the odd man out with the bevy of left-handed options available.
The Dodgers have 41 players remaining in big league camp, including 18 pitchers. But in reality, there will be just 12 given what we already know.
Earlier Tuesday, manager Dave Roberts said that both Brandon Morrow and Julio Urias won’t start the season on the active roster.
Pedro Baez (hand contusion), Scott Kazmir (hip), Josh Ravin (groin), and Brock Stewart (shoulder) are all expected to open the year on the disabled list.
That just leaves 12 pitchers, the expected number the club will keep on the roster to start the season. These 12:
Clayton Kershaw, Kenta Maeda, Rich Hill, Hyun-jin Ryu
Kenley Jansen, Sergio Romo, Grant Dayton, Luis Avilan, Chris Hatcher, Ross Stripling
To be determined (one will start, one will relieve)
Brandon McCarthy, Alex Wood
So barring some unexpected move in the next few days, the opening day pitching staff is all set.