Mariners announce provisional 28-man Opening Day roster

TOKYO, Japan -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager Jack Zduriencik announced today the Mariners planned 28-man roster for the season opener in Japan.

FINAL ROSTERS ARE NOT DUE TO MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL UNTIL 1 PM ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28. The Mariners Opening Day roster will NOT be official until that time.

To move from 30 players (the travel roster to Japan) to 28 eligible players, the Mariners made the following roster moves:

  • OF Carlos Peguero, RHP Chance Ruffin were optioned to AAA Tacoma.
  • C Guillermo Quiroz was re-assigned to minor league camp.

To set the Opening Day roster, the Mariners made the following roster moves:

  • INF Munenori Kawasaki, RHP Kevin Millwood (still in Arizona) and RHP Erasmo Ramirez selected from Tacoma.

The Major League 40-man roster is now at 40 players.


To move from 28 players (the Opening Day Roster) to 25 eligible players, the Mariners made the following moves:

  • RHP Kevin Millwood, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma and RHP Hector Noesi designated as ineligible for the Japan Opening Series vs. the A’s.

Here is a look at the 28-man Opening Day roster (players in italics are not eligible for the first two games):

Pitchers (11+3)

49     BEAVAN, Blake                     RHP

35     DELABAR, Steve                   RHP

34     HERNANDEZ, Felix              RHP

18     IWAKUMA, Hisashi              RHP

23     KELLEY, Shawn                    RHP

43     LEAGUE, Brandon                RHP

25     MILLWOOD,Kevin                RHP

45     NOESI, Hector                       RHP

50     RAMIREZ, Erasmo                RHP

54     WILHELMSEN, Tom             RHP


41     FURBUSH, Charlie               LHP

44     LUETGE, Lucas                     LHP

52     SHERRILL, George               LHP

38     VARGAS, Jason                     LHP


Catchers (3)

27     JASO, John                                  C 

63     MONTERO, Jesus                      C

30     OLIVO, Miguel                             C 


Infielders (7)

13     ACKLEY, Dustin                      INF

9        FIGGINS, Chone                     INF

61     KAWASAKI, Munenori            INF

16     LIDDI, Alex                               INF

26     RYAN, Brendan                       INF

15     SEAGER, Kyle                         INF

17     SMOAK, Justin                         INF



Outfielders (4)

20     CARP, Mike                             OF

55     SAUNDERS, Michael            OF

51     SUZUKI, Ichiro                        OF

33     WELLS, Casper                      OF


ITAL - Not eligible for first two games.