The team listed 29 players on the active roster, including two non-roster invitees, meaning two more will get some bad news before Monday’s regular-season opener in Arizona.
With just two exceptions, the team made it through spring training with no injury problems and plenty of talent fighting to make the cut, a problem Bochy said always sounds like a good one until he has to deliver bad news to someone that wouldn’t be getting it any other year.
“I guess it’s a nice problem,” he said, speaking specifically of the pitching staff. “They always tell me that until you have to tell the player he’s going down. But this is the beginning of the season, and before it’s all said and done, this depth is going to play a part in our season. So I’m excited in the fact that we have so many guys down there that we know we can call up and we think will do a good job for us.”
Bochy said a strained MCL for lefty setup man Jeremy Affeldt will at least make part of the job easier, as putting the 34-year-old on the disabled list will free up one more spot for a young arm with something to prove.
The outfield presents more questions, especially with Tyler Colvin showing Bochy something despite having his playing time limited by back issues. Bochy’s comments Thursday seemed to indicate that missed playing time will cost Colvin a spot on the Opening Day roster, though he did allow some wiggle room.
“He’s a good hitter and it would have been nice to have gotten a longer look at him,” Bochy said. “With the back issue it did limit his at-bats. He has thrown some good ones out there. It’s not quite done as far as this roster being set, but he’s a left-handed bat that gives you a threat coming off the bench.”
Bochy said the club will make final decisions Saturday before heading back to Arizona for a three-game series against the Diamondbacks.