Braves announce 2015 Opening Day Roster
The Atlanta Braves announced their Opening Day roster on Sunday. After a winter filled with moves gave way to a crowded clubhouse throughout spring training, the team finally trimmed the number down to 25 men. The group includes 14 first time Braves, with only seven active players who appeared on the 2014 Opening Day roster.
The new faces are pitchers Trevor Cahill, Jason Grilli, Jim Johnson, Cody Martin, Andrew McKirahan, Shelby Miller, Josh Outman and Eric Stults, catcher A.J. Pierzynski, infielders Alberto Callaspo and Jace Peterson and outfielders Jonny Gomes, Nick Markakis and Eric Young Jr. The seven players who were on last season’s Opening Day roster are pitchers Luis Avilan, Craig Kimbrel, Julio Teheran and Alex Wood along with infielders Freddie Freeman, Chris Johnson and Andrelton Simmons. (Two others who were on that roster will open 2015 on the disabled list – pitcher Mike Minor and outfielder Melvin Upton Jr.)
The roster also includes four rookies: pitchers Juan Jaime, Cody Martin and Andrew McKirahan and infielder Jace Peterson.
Five men begin the season on the disabled list. Pitchers Shae Simmons and Daniel Winkler are both recovering from Tommy John surgery and have been placed on the 60-day DL, while left-hander Mike Minor goes on the 15-day DL with shoulder inflammation. Outfielders Melvin Upton Jr. (foot) and Joey Terdoslavich (wrist) are likewise on the 15-day DL.
Additionally, Atlanta placed two players on the restricted list, outfielder Dian Toscano and reliever Arodys Vizcaino. Last week, Vizcaino was suspended for 80-games for testing positive for a PED. Toscano, who hails from Cuba, has yet to report to the team due to visa problems.
Below is the roster breakdown by position:
Pitchers (13): Luis Avilan (LH), Trevor Cahill (RH), Jason Grilli (RH), Juan Jaime (RH), Jim Johnson (RH), Craig Kimbrel (RH), Cody Martin (RH), Andrew McKirahan (LH), Shelby Miller (RH), Josh Outman (LH), Eric Stults (LH), Julio Teheran (RH), Alex Wood (LH)
Catchers (2): Christian Bethancourt, A.J. Pierzynski
Infielders (6): Alberto Callaspo, Freddie Freeman, Phil Gosselin, Chris Johnson, Jace Peterson Andrelton Simmons
Outfielders (4): Johnny Gomes, Kelly Johnson, Nick Markakis, Eric Young Jr.
Disabled List (5): Mike Minor (15-day), Shae Simmons (60-day), Joey Terdoslavich (15-day), Melvin Upton Jr. (15-day), Daniel Winkler (60-day)
The Braves open the regular season on the road on Monday afternoon at 4:10 p.m. against the Miami Marlins. Julio Teheran will make his second consecutive Opening Day start for Atlanta, facing fellow right-hander Henderson Alvarez.
Grant McAuley covers the Braves for Sports Radio 92-9 The Game. Follow Grant on Twitter.