The Toronto Blue Jays announced their Opening Day roster on Thursday and there weren’t really any surprises.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) April 7, 2022
Nate Pearson is dealing with mono and Ryan Borucki has a hamstring strain, so both players are starting off the season on the 10-day Injured List. Cracking the team in their places are Trent Thornton and Tayler Saucedo. Otherwise, the bullpen features, as you’d expect, Jordan Romano, Adam Cimber, Trevor Richards, Yimi Garcia, Tim Mayza, David Phelps, and Ross Stripling.
Probably the most interesting thing about the team that flew north from Dunedin is the fact that Zack Collins is coming along, meaning the Blue Jays are operating with a three-man catching tandem to start the season.
When Collins was acquired from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Reese McGuire, the key difference pointed out between the two catchers was that the former could be optioned while the latter couldn’t. Despite that, Collins will be with the Blue Jays presumably until the rosters shrink back down from 28 to 26.
The benefit of having a third catcher on the roster is that it allows the Blue Jays to more comfortably use Alejandro Kirk as the designated hitter. The worry about doing that with two catchers is that if Danny Jansen gets injured mid-game and Kirk shifts over to replace him, the Blue Jays would then be without their DH spot. Having Collins as insurance means that won’t be an issue.