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Dodgers set Opening Day roster

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Dustin May optioned, Terrance Gore added

Los Angeles Dodgers play an inter squad game with no fans during summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images

The Dodgers announced their opening day roster on Thursday, which doesn’t include too many surprises. OK, maybe one surprise ...

Dustin May was optioned on Thursday, which shelves any idea of May as a piggyback starter the first time through the rotation. Walker Buehler is scheduled to start the Dodgers’ fifth game of the season, next Tuesday in Houston, and hasn’t been as stretched out as the rest of the staff. Buehler earlier this week said he planned to pitch three or four innings in a simulated game on Wednesday, so that must have went well enough for the Dodgers to not feel the need another stretched-out starter as a long man behind him.

Optioning move makes room on the active roster for Terrance Gore, giving the Dodgers a pinch runner to deploy in late-inning situations. Gore was on a minor league deal, and adding him fills the 40-man roster.

With a hastened restart to the season and a truncated summer training camp, active roster limits are expanded to 30 for the first two weeks of the season, then down to 28 players for two more weeks before settling at 26 players for the rest of the season.

The Dodgers are going with 16 pitchers and 14 position players.

One of the 11 relief pitchers on the roster is Jake McGee, who signed a one-year contract on Tuesday after getting released by the Rockies last week. McGee said he drove from Denver to Los Angeles to avoid commercial air travel, staying overnight on Sunday in St. George, Utah.

McGee is one of four left-handers in the Dodgers bullpen, along with Adam Kolarek, Caleb Ferguson, and Scott Alexander.

David Price, who opted out of playing this season on July 4, is on the restricted list, and Jimmy Nelson, who had back surgery on July 7, is on the 45-day injured list. Neither pitcher counts against either the 40-man roster or 60-man club player pool.

Dodgers opening day roster

Pos Player 2020 age Service time Options (used)
Pos Player 2020 age Service time Options (used)
C Will Smith 25 0.090 3 (none)
1B Max Muncy 29 3.027 1 (2015-16)
2B Kiké Hernandez 28 5.054 1 (2014-15)
3B Justin Turner 35 9.045 n/a
SS Corey Seager 26 4.032 3 (none)
LF Joc Pederson 28 5.028 3 (none)
CF Cody Bellinger 24 2.160 3 (none)
RF Mookie Betts 27 5.070 2 (2014)
OF A.J. Pollock 32 7.052 n/a
IF/OF Chris Taylor 29 4.037 1 (2015-16)
C Austin Barnes 30 3.098 0 ('15-16, '19)
1B/OF Matt Beaty 27 0.137 2 (2019)
1B/3B Edwin Rios 26 0.043 2 (2019)
OF/PR Terrance Gore 29 1.143 0 (2015-17)
SP Clayton Kershaw 32 11.105 n/a
SP Ross Stripling 30 3.115 2 (2016)
SP Alex Wood 29 6.123 n/a
SP Julio Urias 23 2.117 1 (2016-17)
SP Walker Buehler 25 1.168 2 (2018)
CL Kenley Jansen 32 9.073 n/a
RHP Blake Treinen 32 5.065 2 (2014)
RHP Pedro Baez 32 5.059 2 (2014)
RHP Joe Kelly 32 7.029 1 (2015-16)
LHP Adam Kolarek 31 1.122 2 (2017)
LHP Caleb Ferguson 23 1.093 2 (2019)
LHP Jake McGee 33 8.127 0 (2009-11)
LHP Scott Alexander 30 3.097 2 (2016)
RHP Dylan Floro 29 2.053 1 (2016-17)
RHP Brusdar Graterol 21 0.029 3 (none)
RHP Dennis Santana 24 0.133 1 (2018-19)
45-day injured list Jimmy Nelson 31 5.107 2 (2014)
age as of June 30, 2020