Athletics

Athletics

The A's officially have announced their 30-man roster for their trip to Japan.

Oakland will bring 15 pitchers and 15 position players. Here's the full list:

Starting pitchers: Brett Anderson, Chris Bassitt, Marco Estrada, Mike Fiers, Frankie Montas

Relief pitchers: Jerry Blevins, Ryan Buchter, Ryan Dull, Liam Hendriks, Yusmeiro Petit, Fernando Rodney, Joakim Soria, Blake Treinen, Lou Trivino, J.B. Wendelken

Catchers: Nick Hundley, Josh Phegley, Beau Taylor

Infielders: Franklin Barreto, Marcus Semien, Matt Chapman, Matt Olson, Cliff Pennington, Chad Pinder, Jurickson Profar

Outfielders: Mark Canha, Khris Davis, Robbie Grossman, Ramón Laureano, Stephen Piscotty

At first glance, there are no major surprises. Taylor makes the cut as the third catcher due to Chris Herrmann's knee injury.

On the infield, Pennington is unlikely to make the 25-man roster, but he provides some experience and versatility.

Blevins, Dull and Wendelken are battling for the final bullpen spot on the 25-man roster, and all three will make the trip to Tokyo.

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The A's will bring five starting pitchers, though Jesús Luzardo and Aaron Brooks are staying in Arizona to continue their normal throwing schedule. Both still are in the running for the No. 5 starter job to begin the season.

 

The A's will have to set a 28-man roster for their two exhibition games against the Nippon Ham Fighters on March 17 and March 18. Players on the 28-man roster must be on the 40-man roster. Currently, Hundley, Taylor, Pennington, and Blevins are not on the 40-man roster.

Oakland can keep its 28-man roster for its regular-season series against the Mariners, but only 25 players can be active for those games March 20 and 21.