Navarro, Featherston, Rucinski secure spots on Halos' roster

Robertson, Perez optioned; Mattheus reassigned to Minors camp

Navarro, Featherston, Rucinski secure spots on Halos' roster

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Angels set their 25-man roster following Saturday night's final exhibition game at Dodger Stadium.

First baseman/outfielder Efren Navarro secured the final bench spot. Rookie right-hander Drew Rucinski made the Opening Day roster, and rookie infielder Taylor Featherston's status as the utility player was confirmed.

Outfielder Daniel Robertson and catcher Carlos Perez were optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake and right-handed reliever Ryan Mattheus was reassigned to Minor League camp.

Placed on the disabled list were right-handers Garrett Richards (left knee); Cory Rasmus (core surgery); left-hander Tyler Skaggs (August 2014 Tommy John surgery, out for season); and oufielder Josh Hamilton (shoulder surgery). Those moves were all made retroactive to March 27.

Featherston, a Rule 5 pick from Colorado, has never played above Double-A.

"Taylor has shown extraordinary athleticism at three positions," manager Mike Scioscia said, before the 6-6 tie with the Dodgers. "That's special. His defense plays at any level. He's an exciting player. We'll see where it leads to."

Featherston said he only had one at-bat in big league camp while with the Rockies.

"I feel like, in Spring Training, numbers don't tell the whole story," he said. "I've been focused on getting better, going out and showing my kind of baseball. All I can do is compete. The (Major League) game is cleaner. Balls get barreled more, every pitcher is around the zone."

Scioscia said Rucinski, 26, will pitch out of the bullpen, but added he's also a candidate to start April 14, when the Angels will first need a fifth starter.

Worth nothing

Before the Angels' No. 1 prospect Andrew Heaney was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake, the left-hander made quite an impression on the Angels, with 5 1/3 no-hit innings Friday.

"You look away, he threw in. You look in, he threw away. He has a good changeup, and he can spin it," Dodgers oufielder Scott Van Slyke said. "He never threw the ball in the same place twice. When guys do that, it's hard to zone them up."

Van Slyke had the Dodgers' only two hits Friday and broke up a no-hitter with a seventh-inning single off reliever Fernando Salas.

Earl Bloom is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.