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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Blue Jays placed Jordan Romano on the 15-day injured list Thursday with right elbow inflammation, one of four Toronto players to start the 2024 regular season on the IL .

The team announced its active roster of 26 players ahead of the season opener at Tampa Bay and also confirmed that right-handers Alek Manoah (shoulder) and Erik Swanson (forearm) had been added to the roster. injured for 15 days.

Receiver Danny Jansen was placed on the 10-day list with a broken right wrist. All placements were retroactive to Monday.

Designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach and backup catcher Brian Serven were selected to the major league roster and right-hander Yosver Zulueta was designated for assignment.

Right-hander Jose Berrios was scheduled to start for Toronto in the late afternoon opener against Rays right-hander Zach Eflin at Tropicana Field.

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The Blue Jays have 13 pitchers, two catchers, eight infielders and three outfielders on their roster.

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Kevin Kiermaier, George Springer and Daulton Varsho return as the starting outfield. Davis Schneider and Cavan Biggio were listed as infielders, although both players likely occupy outfield roles on occasion.

With Romano and Swanson on the IL, right-handers Wes Parsons, Mitch White, Trevor Richards and Nate Pearson will provide depth to a bullpen that will likely see Chad Green, Genesis Cabrera, Tim Mayza and Yimi Garcia serve in starting positions. high leverage.

Manoah was tabbed as the likely fifth starter at the start of spring training, but his injuries created an opening for Bowden Francis. The right-hander joins a rotation that includes ace Kevin Gausman, Berrios, Chris Bassitt and Yusei Kikuchi.

New arrivals include free agent signings Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Vogelbach and Justin Turner. Serven was claimed off waivers from the Chicago Cubs.

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Francis, Pearson and Schneider were named to the team’s Opening Day roster for the first time in their respective careers.

Bassitt was scheduled to pitch Friday against fellow right-hander Aaron Civale. Kikuchi, a left-hander, will get the nod Saturday against right-hander Zack Littell. Neither team has named a starter for Sunday.

Toronto went 89-73 last year before being swept by the Minnesota Twins in the wild-card round, scoring just one run in two games.

After this week’s four-game series concludes in St. Petersburg, Florida, the Blue Jays will continue their 10-game road trip with three sets against the Houston Astros and New York Yankees.

Toronto’s home opener at the newly renovated Rogers Center is April 8 against the Seattle Mariners.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 28, 2024.

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