Get to know the D-backs’ 25-man roster for Opening Day 2019
The Arizona Diamondbacks placed reliever T.J. McFarland and outfielder Steven Souza Jr. on injured lists Thursday, the final moves to lock in a 25-man Opening Day roster.
Those moves mean Arizona has retained slugger Christian Walker as a bench option, kept three catchers and called on infielder Ildemaro Vargas to take the last roster spot vacated by Souza, who suffered a season-ending knee injury on Monday.
McFarland will go on the 10-day injured list after a shoulder injury pushed his spring preparation back. Arizona also placed Souza on the 10-day injured list despite his significant injury. That effectively should move infielder Ketel Marte to earn some playing time in the outfield after he spent spring training working as a center fielder.
Silvino Bracho and Taijuan Walker, both of whom underwent Tommy John surgeries, are on the 60-day injured list.
Thirteen players from last year’s Opening Day roster return for the D-backs, not including those on the injured list.
Arizona opens the 2019 season Thursday at 1:10 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station in Los Angeles to face the Dodgers.
Here is a breakdown of which players are on the 25-man roster for the D-backs to start the year. Details on each player’s past can be found in the slideshow above.
RHP Zack Greinke (ace)
LHP Robbie Ray
RHP Zack Godley
RHP Luke Weaver
RHP Merrill Kelly
RHP Matt Andriese
RHP Archie Bradley (setup)
LHP Andrew Chafin
RHP Yoshihisa Hirano (setup)
RHP Greg Holland (closer)
RHP Matt Koch
RHP Yoan Lopez
John Ryan Murphy