LOS ANGELES -- The 30-man Opening Day roster that the Dodgers submitted on Thursday changed before they even got to the opener.
Manager Dave Roberts said May was given the start because he had been stretched out to back up Walker Buehler, whose Summer Camp buildup was behind schedule. May was given a heads-up that he might start on Wednesday, when his simulated game was scratched.
May’s brief demotion wasn’t the only Thursday morning surprise, as the Dodgers included speedy outfielder Terrance Gore on their roster. Gore gives Los Angeles a baserunning specialist to utilize for the new rule that starts extra innings with an automatic runner on second base.
The Dodgers are carrying 16 pitchers and 14 position players on their 30-man roster. The large number of pitchers is partly to mitigate the late arrival to Summer Camp of relievers Scott Alexander, Pedro Báez and Kenley Jansen. Alexander, coming off left hand surgery, made the squad despite not pitching in any Summer Camp game. He threw a simulated game on Thursday.
The 30-man roster must be reduced to 28 on Aug. 6 and to 26 on Aug. 20.