Like most other jobs, there are always positives and negatives with being a manager of a professional baseball team.
For York Revolution manager Andy Etchebarren, perhaps the thing he enjoys the least is releasing a player.
Near the end of last week, Etchebarren clearly was flustered with the possibility of having to tell one of his guys the team no longer wanted him.
With York's Opening Day coming up on Thursday at Sugar Land, Texas, the Revs' skipper wanted to trim his roster. Atlantic League teams can open the season with 27 players, but rosters have to be cut down to 25 players by the end of May.
Etchebarren wanted to begin the year with 26 players -- 12 position players and 14 pitchers. The only problem
However, a couple developments on Monday solved the whole situation. For now, anyway.
The team learned left-handed reliever Kris Regas has signed with Saltillo of the Mexican League. The Revs also placed right-handed reliever Shaun Garceau (shoulder) on the inactive list.
So, the Revs will travel to Sugar Land for its opener on Thursday with 25 players on the active roster -- 12 position players and 13 pitchers.
"It clears it up a little," Revs' pitching coach Mark Mason said Monday. "We'll still have some decisions to make when we get home. But it clears things up for the Texas trip."
Regas, 32, came to York late last season and held opponents scoreless in nine appearances, including five postseason appearances. He looked sharp in spring training this year, too. But since York still has three left-handers in the bullpen, Mason isn't too worried about the departure of Regas.
Garceau was put on the inactive list because he's dealing with tendinitis in his right throwing shoulder. He'll stay in York this week and will be re-evaluated when the team returns home next week.
Right-hander Dumas Garcia, who is technically not on the roster, is also expected to arrive in York from Colombia next week. Garcia, 28, went 2-3 with a 3.68 ERA in nine relief appearances and four starts for York last season after joining the club in early August. Mason said Garcia will likely be put on the inactive list when he arrives.
"Because (Garcia) probably hasn't thrown much I think we're going to keep him inactive for maybe most of the homestand next week and see what we got," Mason said.
So, the roster situation is solved for now. But in a couple weeks when Garceau is re-evaluated and the team has a look at Garcia, Etchebarren and Mason might have some tough roster decisions to make.
Spring training notes: Right-handed reliever Ricardo Gomez and shortstop Danny Gonzalez arrived in York over the weekend. Gomez is fresh from pitching in the playoffs in Panama and Gonzalez recently played in a league in Puerto Rico. ... York will fly out of Baltimore-Washington International Airport to Sugar Land, Texas, on Tuesday. ... Right-hander Corey Thurman will get the start for the Revs on Thursday. ... Etchebarren said his starting lineup will be center-fielder Scott Grimes, right-fielder Stephen Douglas, third baseman Ramon Castro, first baseman Chris Nowak, designated-hitter Michael Hernandez, second baseman Andres Perez, left-fielder James Shanks, Gonzalez at shortstop and catcher Salvador Paniagua.
-- Reach John Walk at 505-5406 or jwalk@york dispatch.com or follow on Twitter @JohnKWalk.