Angels announce opening-day roster: Bulger, Wood, Pettit, Conger are in
The Angels made their final cuts after their 5-1 exhibition victory over the Dodgers on Tuesday night, and there were no big surprises. Jason Bulger edged out Francisco Rodriguez for the final bullpen spot, and infielder Brandon Wood, outfielder Chris Pettit and catcher Hank Conger made the team as reserves.
The team will open the season with four starting pitchers—Jered Weaver, Dan Haren, Ervin Santana and Scott Kazmir. Joel Pineiro will start on the disabled list but is scheduled to be activated for the April 8 home opener.
Seven relievers fill out an 11-man pitching staff: Fernando Rodney, Kevin Jepsen, Hisanori Takahashi, Jordan Walden, Michael Kohn, Rich Thompson and Bulger. Left-hander Scott Downs (broken left big toe) will open on the DL.
The projected starting infield of first baseman Mark Trumbo, second baseman Howie Kendrick, shortstop Erick Aybar and third baseman Maicer Izturis will be backed up by utility infielder Alberto Callaspo and Wood, who can play third, short or first.
A calf injury to reserve outfielder Reggie Willits opened a spot for Pettit, who will back up Torii Hunter, Vernon Wells, Peter Bourjos and Bobby Abreu. Conger will join catchers Jeff Mathis and Bobby Wilson on the 25-man roster. First baseman Kendrys Morales, recovering from a broken left leg, will open on the DL.
Photo: Jered Weaver. Credit: Mark Duncan / Associated Press.