Following the Bay Bridge series finale and end of spring training, the A’s made their final roster cuts and set their 25-man opening day roster.

The only remaining battles left after the A’s announced over the weekend that Brandon McCarthy would be the team’s fifth starter, were for the bullpen, backup infielder and backup catcher positions.

In a press release following today’s spring finale, the Athletics announced that they had reassigned Josh Donaldson, Eric Sogard and Tyson Ross to Triple-A Sacramento. The A’s also announced in their press release that they selected the contract of non-roster invitee Andy LaRoche. Wes Timmons and Matt Carson were also reassigned to minor league camp.

The final cuts meant that Landon Powell retained his job as the backup catcher, Andy LaRoche made the team as the backup infielder and Bobby Cramer earned the final bullpen spot.

Rich Harden and Andrew Bailey both were placed on the 15-day disabled list, and Adam Rosales was moved to the 60-day disabled list (retroactive to March 22).

The Athletics open the regular season Friday against the Seattle Mariners.

The Athletics opening day roster looks like this:

Starting Lineup
Catcher: Kurt Suzuki
First Base: Daric Barton
Second Base: Mark Ellis
Third Base: Kevin Kouzmanoff
Shortstop: Cliff Pennington
Left Field: Josh Willingham
Center Field: Coco Crisp
Right Field: David DeJesus
Designated Hitter: Hideki Matsui
Outfield: Ryan Sweeney
Outfield / First Base: Conor Jackson
Infield: Andy LaRoche
Catcher: Landon Powell
Starting Rotation
RHP Trevor Cahill
LHP Brett Anderson
LHP Gio Gonzalez
LHP Dallas Braden
RHP Brandon McCarthy
LHP Bobby Cramer
LHP Craig Breslow
RHP Michael Wuertz
LHP Jerry Blevins
RHP Brad Ziegler
RHP Grant Balfour
LHP Brian Fuentes


Brandon McClintock covers the Oakland Athletics and Major League Baseball for You can follow him on Twitter:  @BMcClintock_BR.

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