Mar 3, 2014; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez (33) talks with fans before a spring training exhibition game against the New York Mets at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Braves 25-Man Roster Announced

Mar 25, 2014; Lakeland, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves pitcher Ian Thomas (83) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Ian Thomas is one of the new faces on the Braves this season 

 

The Braves announced their 25 man roster today after the Futures Game in Rome (which the Future Stars won 13-4, btw). There aren’t very many surprises on the roster, especially after Atahualpa Severino‘s disasterous inning in his outing today.

The Braves are electing to go with 4 starters, 8 relievers, and 13 position players; unlike last season, the team has (wisely) opted to go with 2 middle infielders rather than 5 outfielders.

 

 

Three of new Braves are rookies, pitchers David Hale, Gus Schlosser, and Ian Thomas. In total, nine new Braves join the OD roster compared to last season, and with the exception of Gattis for Laird, the opening day lineup will remain the same.

Schlosser will pitch in long-relief, with David Hale getting the fourth spot in the rotation, as the Braves hope to have Ervin Santana ready to start whenever the team finally actually needs a fifth starter.

 

Hale gets fourth starter job. Schlosser in long relief.

 

 Ian Thomas makes the roster, despite being taken out of today’s game after being hit by a batted ball.

 

line drive hit Thomas in a, well, part of his hip that had a little cushion. He’s good to go. Just came out for precautionary reasons.

 

The Braves now head to Milwaukee where they will play their season opener against the Brewers on Monday at 2:10 p.m. Eastern. It’s almost time! Real baseball at last!

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