Joc Pederson started in center field for the
Pederson will be one of three rookies on the Dodgers' opening-day roster, along with right-handers Yimi Garcia and Pedro Baez.
The Dodgers won't officially announce their 25-man roster until Sunday, but the composition of their team became evident after a series of roster moves Saturday night.
In addition to Garcia and Baez, the bullpen will consist of
The other places on the team will be occupied by the four starting pitchers — Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke,
With Rodriguez making the team, Howell won't be the only left-hander in the bullpen, as was the case for most of last season. Howell, who shouldered a heavy workload early in the season, clearly wasn't himself by the time the Dodgers fell to the
Rodriguez was one of two left-handers who didn't give up a run in
The moves allow the Dodgers to maintain flexibility. If Santos, Aardsma or Huff were to be added to the 40-man roster, the Dodgers couldn't send them back to the minors without the risk of losing them. There is no such danger with Rodriguez, Garcia or Baez, who still have minor league options.
Huff, a left-hander, could return soon as the team's fifth starter. With
Huff figures to be the leading candidate, if only because he isn't on the 40-man roster. Joe Wieland and Mike Bolsinger, who are on the 40-man roster and were optioned to the minors, can't be recalled until the 11th day of the season.
If there's a benefit to Ryu's injury, it's that it will allow the Dodgers to carry an extra position player on their bench. That will be Barney, a former
Guerrero was expected to make the team and not only because he went into Saturday night batting .313. The Cuban utility man had the contractual right to refuse a minor league assignment, meaning he could have become a free agent if the Dodgers didn't include him on their roster.
Ryu will be joined on the disabled list by closer Kenley Jansen, setup man