Every spring there is always a lot of drama about who will make the opening day rosters around baseball.
However, we have seen the last few weeks while that might be a bit overrated.
Think back to February, before the Braves got to Florida.
The belief was the bullpen’s main cast of characters would be Arodys Vizcaino, A.J.
Minter, Darren O’Day, Chad Sobotka, Jonny Venters and Jesse Biddle.
Fast forward to now, late-May.
Vizcaino and Biddle were traded to Seattle on Monday.
Minter is in Triple-A after posting a 9.82 ERA in Atlanta.
O’Day and Sobotka have been hurt and there is no timetable on their return, while Venters was released last week.
So, three of those six significant relievers are now gone, and while there is hope Minter, O’Day and Sobotka will contribute at some point, there is no guarantee.
And how about this.
Of the 13 pitchers on the opening day roster, only five remain on the active roster now.
Four are in the minor leagues, two were traded, one was released, and one is on the injured list.
That’s crazy turnover, but maybe it’s a good thing to have the Atlanta bullpen revamped in May, since it is the main reason the team is not in first place.
And something may tell you the changes are not over.