With backup catcher named, Rays announce Opening Day roster

Wilson beats out Casali in final spring competition

With backup catcher named, Rays announce Opening Day roster

ST. PETERSBURG -- A decision on the Rays' backup catcher highlighted Friday's announcement regarding which players will be on the team's Opening Day roster.

Veteran Bobby Wilson will be the backup, beating out rookie Curt Casali in a close competition.

"There was a lot that went to it," said Rays manager Kevin Cash following Friday's game against the Tigers. "Rarely do you go through a season without the use of three catchers. We're going to need Curt at some point. We're lucky to have him. We view him as a big league catcher.

"With the way things played out this spring, he did everything he could to make this team, but where we are today, moving forward, what we can do best for the organization right now is to have Bobby with us and have some coverage in Curt."

Players of note who rounded out the roster were infield prospect Tim Beckham, the first player selected in the 2008 Draft, and pitchers Steve Geltz, Kirby Yates, Erasmo Ramirez, and Matt Andriese.

Beckham's nice recovery

Wilson signed a Minor League contract with the Rays in the offseason. The team will clear a spot on the 40-man roster to make room for him when they transfer Matt Moore (Tommy John surgery) to the 60-day disabled list.

Infielder Jake Elmore will accept his assignment to Triple-A Durham and infielder Juan Francisco has until Sunday to let the team know if he will accept his assignment to Durham.

The Rays' Opening Day roster is as follows:

PITCHERS

Chris Archer

Jake Odorizzi

Nathan Karns

Ramirez

Andriese

Brad Boxberger

Grant Balfour

Ernesto Frieri

Kevin Jepsen

Jeff Beliveau

Yates

Geltz

CATCHERS

Rene Rivera

Wilson

INFIELD

James Loney

Logan Forsythe

Asdrubal Cabrera

Evan Longoria

Beckham

OUTFIELD

Desmond Jennings

Kevin Kiermaier

Steven Souza Jr.

John Jaso

Brandon Guyer

David DeJesus

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.