On Thursday, the Colorado Rockies officially announced their Opening Day roster. There are two last-minute additions to the team due to two of their relievers being placed on the COVID-19 injured list.
The Colorado Rockies have announced their 2022 Opening Day roster
The Colorado Rockies 2022 Opening Day roster will not have left-handed reliever Lucas Gilbreath or right-handed reliever Robert Stephenson on the roster since both of them have been placed on the COVID-19 injured list.
As a result, right-handed relievers Justin Lawrence and Jordan Sheffield (who were previously optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque) have taken their places on the roster.
Here is what the Colorado Rockies 2022 Opening Day roster looks like:
- Right-handed pitchers (11): Daniel Bard, Jhoulys Chacín, Alex Colomé, Carlos Estévez, Ashton Goudeau, Tyler Kinley, Chad Kuhl, Justin Lawrence, Germán Márquez, Antonio Senzatela, Jordan Sheffield
- Left-handed pitchers (3): Ty Blach, Kyle Freeland, Austin Gomber
- Catchers (2): Elias Díaz, Dom Nuñez
- Infielders (5): C.J. Cron, José Iglesias, Ryan McMahon, Brendan Rodgers, Alan Trejo
- Outfielders (5): Charlie Blackmon, Kris Bryant, Yonathan Daza, Randal Grichuk, Sam Hilliard
- Utility players (2): Garrett Hampson, Connor Joe
The Rockies will start the season with right-handed pitcher Peter Lambert on the 10-day IL, right-handed pitcher Scott Oberg and left-handed pitcher Ryan Rolison on the 60-day IL, and the aforementioned left-handed pitcher Lucas Gilbreath and right-handed pitcher Robert Stephenson on the COVID-19 IL.
The Rockies will be led by manager Bud Black, who is entering his sixth season as Colorado’s manager. He has a record of 349-359 as Colorado’s manager and he will start the season with 998 career wins. When he achieves his 1,000th career win, he will become only the 66th manager in MLB history to achieve that feat.
On Opening Day, the Rockies will be facing the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field at 2:10 PM M.T. with Kyle Freeland on the mound for the Rockies. In 2021, the Denver native went 7-8 with a 4.33 ERA (110 ERA+) in 23 starts. Walker Buehler (16-4 with a 2.47 ERA in 33 starts) will oppose him. He came in 4th in NL Cy Young Award voting in 2021.