With Opening Day now officially here, the Tampa Bay Rays have submitted their complete, 26-man Opening Day roster.
The Rays recently moved 1B Ji-Man Choi and OF Brett Phillips to the 10-day IL to make room for the current roster, and this doesn’t include the taxi squad accompanying the team down in Miami this weekend.
This is what the roster is shaking up to be, per MLB.com Rays beat writer Adam Berry.
You’ll see on that roster that Yoshi Tsutsugo is listed as an outfielder despite getting the Opening Day nod at first base, so that’s probably just to allow for him to be able to move around the diamond.
It’s expected that Tsutsugo will play primarily at first to begin the 2021 season with the injury to Choi, though don’t be surprised if a platoon situation between him, Yandy Diaz and Mike Brosseau also happens.
It’s worth noting that Diaz is starting at third base for Opening Day against the Miami Marlins.
Another name of note is that Francisco Mejia will be the Rays’ secondary catcher to begin the 2021 season behind Mike Zunino. This bodes will for the Mejia supporters within the fan base as he was one of the pieces the Rays got in the Blake Snell trade from the San Diego Padres.
Anything to win a trade the Rays will salivate at, so here’s hoping Mejia can turn around his bat in 2021.
A few pitching names of note include right-handed reliever Andrew Kittredge, who returns to the roster off an injury that sidelined him in 2021, and left-hander Jeffrey Springs, one of the pieces the Rays got back in the Ronaldo Hernandez trade from the Boston Red Sox.