Opening Day roster shuffling

Game 1 of the 2021 season commences tomorrow night at 7:10 down at TMP as Your Seattle Mariners take on the San Francisco Giants. Six weeks of spring training is over and it's time to get down to brass tacks. There are a couple of unexpected wrinkles in the club's opening 26-man roster, making tomorrow's group just slightly different than previously expected.

2020 Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis will start the season on the 10-day injured list, having suffered a deep bone bruise on a play in the outfield late in the spring schedule. He doesn't figure to be out for very long, and in the meantime that means both Jake Fraley and Taylor Trammell make the team out of spring camp, as does backup first baseman/quasi-outfielder José Marmolejos. Since the M's are opting to carry an absurd number of pitchers (fourteen), one of those three figures to be up for just a short time, headed down to Tacoma once Lewis is ready to take the field.

The big surprises, though, are in the bullpen. Non-roster invitee Drew Steckenrider has made the team, having performed well in Cactus League action (7 innings, 2.57 ERA), while expected members Erik Swanson and Aaron Fletcher did not despite better spring numbers. Casey Sadler and Rule 5 selection Will Vest will also suit up for the M's, which is less surprising but does mean we won't be seeing Brandon Brennan or Matt Magill. Steckenrider, a tall 30-year-old right-hander, has spent his entire pro career in the Marlins' organization until now, including 123 appearances with Miami over three seasons. 

The entire season-opening roster for the Mariners is below.

Pitchers (L/R)

Justin Dunn (R)
Chris Flexen (R)
Marco Gonzales (L)
Kendall Graveman (R)
Yusei Kikuchi (L)
Nick Margevicius (L)
Keynan Middleton (R)
Anthony Misiewicz (L)
Rafael Montero (R)
James Paxton (L)
Casey Sadler (R)
Justus Sheffield (L)
Drew Steckenrider (R)
Will Vest (R)

Catchers (B/T)

Tom Murphy (R/R)
Luis Torrens (R/R)

Infielders (B/T)

J.P. Crawford (L/R)
Ty France (R/R)
Sam Haggerty (S/R)
José Marmolejos (L/L)
Dylan Moore (R/R)
Kyle Seager (L/R)
Evan White (R/L)

Outfielders (B/T)

Jake Fraley (L/L)
Mitch Haniger (R/R)
Taylor Trammell (L/L)

Injured List

OF Kyle Lewis (R/R)
IF/OF Shed Long (L/R)
RHP Ken Giles
RHP Anthony Muñoz

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