HOUSTON — General manager Jeff Luhnow announced the Astros’ Opening Day roster following the ballclub’s exhibition matchup Wednesday against the White Sox at Minute Maid Park.
In order to finalize the 25-man roster, the Astros placed left-handed specialist Sergio Escalona on the 15-day disabled list.
Also, right-handed pitcher Henry Sosa cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he’ll be in the rotation.
Non-roster invitee Justin Ruggiano was assigned to Triple-A.
Although it comes as little surprise, non-roster invitee Travis Buck was rewarded for his strong spring by earning a spot on the roster.
The Astros purchased Buck’s contract.
“Travis is a professional hitter,” Luhnow said. “He can play the outfield well. Buck can put the ball in the seats. We are going to need that from some of the guys coming off the bench. He can play a full game, if we need that. He can come in during the seventh inning for an at-bat and change the game with a swing.”
At this point, it’s unclear whether Jed Lowrie (strained right thumb) will begin the regular season on the 15-day disabled list.
Brian Bixler will remain with Houston until the ballclub makes a decision on Lowrie, despite not being on the Astros’ Opening Day roster.
“Right now, [Jed] Lowrie is feeling better every day,” Astros manager Brad Mills said. “As we move forward, we’re hoping to get him back as soon as we can. Bixler will stay around just in case.”
Rule 5 Draft pick Marwin Gonzalez would get the starting nod at shortstop if Lowrie misses a few games or ends up on the DL.
The Astros will carry 13 pitchers.
“Having the two lefties [Fernando Abad and Wesley Wright] is big,” Mills said. “What we’ve got in the bullpen is going to be good.”
Luhnow is proud of how the roster unfolded.
“I think we’ve had a successful spring,” Luhnow said. “We lost Escalona and had a couple of minor injuries. Other than that, the players got their at-bats in. A lot of guys did well. We are ready to go.”
The following list is the Opening Day roster:
-Sergio Escalona (DL)
The Astros’ 40-man roster stands at 37.
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