Blue Jays announce 30-player roster with Nate Pearson on taxi squad

Nate Pearson pitches during Toronto Blue Jays summer camp at Rogers Centre. (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty)

The Toronto Blue Jays announced their 30-player 2020 Opening Day roster on Thursday ahead of Friday’s season-opening game against the Rays in Tampa.

Right-handed pitcher Nate Pearson was not among the 30 players named to the team for its first game, but the 23-year-old is part of the Blue Jays’ taxi squad.

Pearson is joined on the taxi squad by left-hander Ryan Borucki and veteran catcher Caleb Joseph. Players on a team’s taxi squad are permitted to travel and train with the club but are not eligible for games and will not collect service time, Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports.

The Blue Jays’ roster features 15 pitchers, seven infielders, six outfielders and two catchers. Some notable additions to the team include left-hander Anthony Kay (acquired in the Marcus Stroman trade with the Mets) and infielder Santiago Espinal (acquired from the Red Sox for Steve Pearce).

The roster also features two pitchers — Brian Moran and A.J. Cole — who were non-roster invites to training camp.

Veteran right-hander Chase Anderson was not included on the 30-man roster and instead was placed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to July 20. Outfielder Jonathan Davis, infielder Brandon Drury and pitchers Wilmer Font and Elvis Luciano all remain on the injured list for undisclosed reasons.

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