Braves Announce 2016 Opening Day Roster

The Atlanta Braves have announced the 25-man roster that will head north to begin the 2016 season. Opening Day is Monday against the Washington Nationals at 4:10 p.m.

Catchers (2) – Tyler Flowers and A.J. Pierzynski

Infielders (6) – Erick Aybar, Gordon Beckham, Freddie Freeman, Adonis Garcia, Kelly Johnson and Jace Peterson

Outfielders (5) – Jeff Francoeur, Ender Inciarte, Nick Markakis, Hector Olivera and Drew Stubbs

Pitchers (12) – RHP John Gant, RHP Jason Grilli, RHP, Jim Johnson, RHP Bud Norris, LHP Eric O’Flaherty. RHP Alexi Ogando, RHP Williams Perez, RHP Jose Ramirez, RHP Julio Teheran, RHP Arodys Vizcaino, RHP Dan Winkler and RHP Matt Wisler

Among the moves the Braves made on Saturday to trim the roster to 25, veteran outfielder Michael Bourn and infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio were both designated for assignment. Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin, who joined the team on a minor league deal, will begin the season with Triple-A Gwinnett after being reassigned. He stands to join the club on April 12, the first time Atlanta will need a fifth starter.

In addition, the Braves placed four pitchers on the 15-day disabled list – LHP’s Manny Banuelos (retroactive to March 25), Jesse Biddle, Andrew McKirahan and RHP Shae Simmons. Lefty reliever Paco Rodriguez had previously been placed on the 60-day disabled list (February 20). All five of those pitchers are dealing with elbow injuries.

Grant McAuley covers the Braves for 92-9 The Game. Follow Grant on Twitter and Facebook. Subscribe to “Around the Big Leagues” on (iTunes), (SoundCloud) or (Stitcher).

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