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Opening Day 2020: Rays announce 30-man roster

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Robertson, McKay out; Brosseau, Thompson in.

MLB: JUL 16 Rays Summer Camp
Brosseau celebrating a homerun during Summer Camp
Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Rays have named the 30-man roster for Opening Day 2020.

Catcher

Mike Zunino
Michael Perez
Kevan Smith

Infield

Willy Adames
Mike Brosseau
Ji-Man Choi
Yandy Díaz
Brandon Lowe
José Martínez
Joey Wendle

Outfield

Kevin Kiermaier
Manuel Margot
Hunter Renfroe
Yoshi Tsutsugo

Pitcher

The Rays announced their pitchers without designation to the rotation or bullpen, but given the comments made publicly and the team’s behavior during Summer Camp, we can make some inferences, so starters are in italics below.

LHP José Alvarado
RHP Nick Anderson
LHP Jalen Beeks
RHP Diego Castillo
RHP Yonny Chirinos
RHP Oliver Drake
RHP Pete Fairbanks
RHP Tyler Glasnow
RHP Andrew Kittredge
LHP Aaron Loup
RHP Charlie Morton
RHP Trevor Richards
RHP Chaz Roe
LHP Blake Snell
RHP Ryan Thompson
LHP Ryan Yarbrough

MLB Injured List

OF Austin Meadows (COVID)
LHP Colin Poche (Tommy John)

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The Rays announced the following roster moves this morning, finalizing the 30-man roster for 2020:

  • Optioned INF Daniel Robertson to the alternate training site
  • Assigned OF Randy Arozarena to the alternate training site and placed him on the injured list
  • Assigned LHP Anthony Banda, 1B/3B Nate Lowe and LHP/1B Brendan McKay to the alternate training site
  • Recalled INF/OF Mike Brosseau and RHP Trevor Richards to the active roster
  • Selected RHP Ryan Thompson to the major league roster

The biggest surprises on the day is the Rays choosing Mike Brosseau, who is noted as capable as covering outfield positions, over pure infielder Daniel Robertson for the bench, and the assignment of McKay to the alternate site without a placement on the injured list. His absence in Summer Camp is as-yet unexplained.