The Dodgers released their official 30-man opening day roster Thursday morning with few surprises as they embark on the pandemic-shortened 60-game season.
The roster includes 16 pitchers, six infielders, six outfielders, and two catchers.
Reliever Dustin May is getting the opening-day start for the Dodgers after the team placed Clayton Kershaw on the injury list with back stiffness. Earlier in the day, May was initially left off the roster.
Outfielder and base-running specialist Terrance Gore was called up in May’s place and likely will be used as a pinch-runner or in extra-inning situations, which this year will see teams start half innings with a runner at second base.
The rest of the Dodgers’ roster is as expected. On a podcast hosted by team broadcasters Joe Davis and Orel Hershiser published Thursday morning, manager Dave Roberts said his expected season-opening lineup would include Austin Barnes at catcher, Max Muncy at first base, Kiké Hernández at second, Justin Turner at third, Corey Seager at shortstop, Joc Pederson in left field, Cody Bellinger in center, Mookie Betts in right and AJ Pollock serving as the designated hitter.
Austin Barnes, who was scheduled to catch for Kershaw, will now catch for May.
Newly signed left-handed reliever Jake McGee, right-handed reliever Dennis Santana and infielder Edwin Ríos were the most notable players seemingly on the roster bubble to make the squad.
MLB rosters were expanded this season because of the pandemic. The Dodgers will have to reduce their active roster to 28 players by Aug. 6 and then to the original size of 26 players by Aug. 20.
The full roster: