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How has the Dodgers’ Roster Changed Since Opening Day 2016?

A lot has changed from Apr. 4 to now. Now that the calendar has flipped to September, let’s take compare the Dodgers’ Opening Day roster to the roster today.

  Opening Day Roster Active Roster Today
Starting Pitchers 1. Clayton Kershaw 1. Rich Hill
2. Scott Kazmir 2. Kenta Maeda
3. Kenta Maeda 3. Julio Urias
4. Alex Wood 4. Ross Stripling
5. Ross Stripling 5. Bud Norris
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The biggest change is the fact that former Cy Young Winner, Clayton Kershaw is not on top of the pitching rotation.

Instead it is newly acquired Rich Hill from the Oakland Athletics manning the top of the Dodgers starters. Also, new to the boys in blue this year, Bud Norris has become a pitcher the Dodgers rely on in times of need.

20-year old Julio Urias made his major league debut against the New York Mets in late May at 19 years old. Since then the young pitcher has gone 5-1.

  Opening Day Roster Active Roster Today
Bullpen RHP- Kenley Jansen RHP- Casey Fien
RHP- Chris Hatcher LHP- Jesse Chavez
LHP- J.P. Howell LHP- J.P. Howell
RHP- Joe Blanton LHP- Adam Liberatore
RHP- Pedro Baez LHP- Grant Dayton
RHP- Yimi Garcia RHP- Joe Blanton
RHP- Louis Coleman RHP- Kenley Jansen

Other than that, the Dodgers have been riddled with so many injuries, that constant changes were made to the bullpen.The only two constants from the Opening Day Roster are relief pitcher Joe Blanton and closer Kenley Jansen.

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Opening Day Roster Active Roster Today
Catchers C- A.J. Ellis C- Yasmani Grandal
C- Austin Barnes C- Carlos Ruiz

Much to the dismay of some fans, fan-favorite A.J. Ellis was traded Aug. 25 to the Phillies for fellow catcher Carlos Ruiz.

Yasmani Grandal has been the main player behind the dish for the Dodgers, whose played in 102 of the possible 133 games for the club.

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Opening Day Roster Active Roster Today
Infielders 1B- Adrian Gonzalez 1B- Adrian Gonzalez
2B- Chase Utley 2B- Chase Utley
SS- Corey Seager SS- Corey Seager
3B- Justin Turner 3B- Justin Turner
SS- Charlie Culberson SS – Charlie Culberson
3B- Rob Segedin

In probably the most consistent area for the Dodgers has been the infield. Nothing differs from the Opening Day roster aside from the call-up of 27-year old Rob Segedin.

The Dodgers have been pleasantly surprised with the breakout play of Corey Seager and Justin Turner.

The play of Turner has bolted him into the NL Most Valuable Player conversation.

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Seager has made a claim for the NL Rookie of the Year award and perhaps the MVP.

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Opening Day Roster Active Roster Today
Outfielders LF- Kike Hernandez LF- Howie Kendrick
LF- Carl Crawford CF- Joc Pederson
LF- Scott Van Slyke RF- Josh Reddick
CF- Joc Pederson RF- Andrew Toles
RF- Yasiel Puig  LF- Kike Hernandez
RF- Trayce Thompson

The outfield for the Dodgers has seen its fair share of changes.

Left fielder Carl Crawford was released by the team Jun. 13, giving the younger players valuable playing time.

Also, in what some were calling a surprising move, Yasiel Puig was demoted to AAA Aug. 2.

In just 19 games at Oklahoma City, Puig has a .348 batting average, four home runs and 12 RBI.

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The Dodgers started the season with 10 players on the disabled list. Currently the team has 14 players on the disabled list, including eight players that were on the Opening Day Roster.

Player Injury DL Type
LHP- Brett Anderson Blister 15-Day
RHP- Louis Coleman Shoulder 15-Day
RF- Andre Ethier Leg 60-Day
RHP- Yimi Garcia Biceps 60-Day
RHP- Chris Hatcher Oblique 60-Day
LHP- Scott Kazmir Neck 15-Day
LHP- Clayton Kershaw Herniated Disk 60-Day
RHP- Brandon McCarthy Hip 15-Day
RHP- Josh Ravin Triceps 15-Day
LHP- Hyun-Jin Ryu Elbow 60-Day
CF- Trayce Thompson Back Fractures 60-Day
RHP- Chin-Hui Tsao Triceps 60-Day
LF- Scott Van Slyke Wrist 60-Day
LHP- Alex Wood Elbow 60-Day
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Terrel Emerson

Terrel "Chatterbox" Emerson is a Inglewood native with strong Los Angeles roots. A big sports fan/analyst. Radio talk show host of "Talk That Talk," on WPMD. #WeLoveLA

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