AL spring training capsules

Updated: February 18, 2012, 8:25 AM ET
By Peter Pascarelli | ESPN

Editor's note: Rosters as of Feb. 15; new players in CAPS

National League capsules

American League East

Baltimore Orioles


Projected lineup: C Matt Wieters; 1B Chris Davis; 2B Brian Roberts; SS J.J. Hardy; 3B Mark Reynolds; LF Nolan Reimold; CF Adam Jones; RF Nick Markakis; DH WILSON BETEMIT.

Projected rotation: LHP Zach Britton, LHP WEI-YIN CHEN, LHP TSUYOSHI WADA, RHP JASON HAMMEL, RHP Tommy Hunter, RHP Jake Arrieta, LHP Brian Matusz, LHP DANA EVELAND, RHP ARMANDO GALARRAGA, RHP Chris Tillman.

Projected bullpen: RHP Kevin Gregg, RHP Jim Johnson, RHP MATT LINDSTROM, RHP LUIS AYALA, RHP Darren O'Day, RHP Brad Bergesen, LHP Zach Phillips, LHP Troy Patton, RHP Jason Berken, RHP Alfredo Simon, RHP Pedro Strop, RHP Willie Eyre, RHP Wynn Pelzer, RHP PAT NESHEK, LHP DENNYS REYES, RHP OSCAR VILLARREAL.


Key departures: RHP Jeremy Guthrie, RHP Jeremy Accardo, LHP Mark Hendrickson, RHP Mitch Atkins, RHP Chris Jakubauskas, LHP Jo-Jo Reyes, RHP Rich VandenHurk, Mark Worrell; C Jake Fox; INF Cesar Izturis, Brandon Snyder; OF Vladimir Guerrero, Luke Scott, Felix Pie, Kyle Hudson.

Spring issues: Buck Showalter and his coaches will have over 30 pitchers to look at with few spots on the staff etched in stone … Young arms like Matsuz and Arrieta need to bounce back from awful 2011 seasons … Orioles hope Roberts' long siege of injuries is finally behind him … Baltimore needs to see more from people like Wieters and Markakis … New GM DAN DUQUETTE is likely to bottom-feed for new bodies throughout the spring and 2012 season.

Boston Red Sox

Red Sox

Projected lineup: C Jarrod Saltalamacchia; 1B Adrian Gonzalez; 2B Dustin Pedroia; SS Mike Aviles; 3B Kevin Youkilis; LF Carl Crawford; CF Jacoby Ellsbury; RF CODY ROSS; DH David Ortiz.

Projected rotation: LHP Jon Lester, RHP Josh Beckett, RHP Clay Buchholz, RHP Daniel Bard, RHP Alfredo Aceves, RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, LHP Felix Doubront, RHP CLAYTON MORTENSON; RHP VICENTE PADILLA, RHP AARON COOK, RHP CARLOS SILVA, RHP JOHN MAINE.

Projected bullpen: RHP ANDREW BAILEY, RHP MARK MELANCON, LHP Franklin Morales, RHP Bobby Jenks, LHP Andrew Miller, RHP Michael Bowden, RHP Scott Atchison, RHP Junichi Tazawa, LHP JESSE CARLSON, RHP DOUG MATHIS, LHP Rich Hill.

Projected bench: C KELLY SHOPPACH, Ryan Lavarnway; INF NICK PUNTO, Jose Iglesias, Lars Anderson, PEDRO CIRIACO; OF Darnell McDonald, RYAN SWEENEY, JASON REPKO, Ryan Kalish.

Key departures: RHP Jonathan Papelbon, RHP Tim Wakefield, LHP Erik Bedard, RHP Dan Wheeler, LHP Hideki Okajima, LHP Kyle Weiland; C Jason Varitek; INF Jed Lowrie, Marco Scutaro; OF J.D. Drew, Josh Reddick, Brett Carroll.

Spring issues: Big focus for new manager BOBBY VALENTINE will be how the rotation firms up, beginning with Bard's ability to convert from being reliever into starter … Right field probably becomes semi-platoon position between Ross and Sweeney … Shortstop is a work in progress, as is the back end of the bullpen … Buchholz is supposedly over his back troubles, as supposedly are Gonzalez (shoulder) and Youkilis (groin) … Matsuzaka is likely out until at least late summer.

New York Yankees


Projected lineup: C Russell Martin; 1B Mark Teixeira; 2B Robinson Cano; SS Derek Jeter; 3B Alex Rodriguez; LF Brett Gardner; CF Curtis Granderson; RF Nick Swisher; DH Andruw Jones.

Projected rotation: LHP CC Sabathia, RHP Ivan Nova, RHP HIROKI KURODA, RHP MICHAEL PINEDA, RHP A.J. Burnett, RHP Phil Hughes, RHP Freddy Garcia.

Projected bullpen: RHP Mariano Rivera, RHP David Robertson, RHP Rafael Soriano, LHP Boone Logan, RHP Cory Wade, RHP Joba Chamberlain, RHP Dellin Betances, LHP George Kontos, LHP HIDEKI OKAJIMA, RHP MATT DALEY, RHP MANNY DELCARMEN.

Projected bench: C Francisco Cervelli, Austin Romine, GUSTAVO MOLINA; INF Eduardo Nunez, Ramiro Pena, BILL HALL, JAYSON NIX, RUSSELL BRANYAN; OF Chris Dickerson, Justin Maxwell, DEWAYNE WISE.

Key departures: RHP Bartolo Colon, RHP Hector Noesi, RHP Luis Ayala, RHP Andrew Brackman, RHP Sergio Mitre, RHP Scott Proctor, LHP Damaso Marte; C Jorge Posada, Miguel Montero; INF Eric Chavez.

Spring issues: Yankees are hoping Pineda's so-so second half for Seattle last year will not carry over … Still likely to sign a left-handed hitter (maybe Raul Ibanez or Johnny Damon) for DH and backup outfield work … DH duties are likely to rotate between several of Yankees' aging everyday players … A-Rod's injured knee is supposedly close to 100 percent as he looks for a bounce-back season … Yankees have been shopping Burnett for several weeks … Chamberlain likely out until at least midseason.

Tampa Bay Rays


Projected lineup: C JOSE MOLINA; 1B CARLOS PENA; 2B Ben Zobrist; SS Sean Rodriguez; 3B Evan Longoria; LF Desmond Jennings; CF B.J. Upton; RF Matt Joyce; DH LUKE SCOTT.

Projected rotation: RHP James Shields, LHP David Price, LHP Matt Moore, RHP Jeremy Hellickson, RHP Wade Davis, RHP Jeff Niemann, RHP Chris Archer, LHP Alex Torres.

Projected bullpen: RHP Kyle Farnsworth, RHP Joel Peralta, RHP FERNANDO RODNEY, LHP J.P. Howell, LHP Jake McGee, RHP Brandon Gomes, RHP BURKE BADENHOP, RHP JOSH LUEKE.

Projected bench: C Jose Lobaton; INF JEFF KEPPINGER, Reid Brignac, Elliot Johnson, WILL RHYMES, JUAN MIRANDA; OF Sam Fuld.

Key departures: RHP Juan Cruz, RHP Lance Cormier, RHP Andy Sonnanstine, RHP Adam Russell, RHP Rob Delaney, RHP Mike Ekstrom; C Kelly Shoppach, John Jaso; INF Casey Kotchman, Russ Canzler, Dan Johnson; OF Johnny Damon, Justin Ruggiano.

Spring issues: As happens annually for Rays, the bullpen will take all spring to sort out … The lineup has to prove it can be effective against quality pitching, something that has been lacking … Aside from the great starting pitching from which the Rays could deal for help, the overall depth is weak with little extra payroll room with which to work.

Toronto Blue Jays

Blue Jays

Projected lineup: C J.P. Arencibia;1B Adam Lind; 2B Kelly Johnson; SS Yunel Escobar; 3B Brett Lawrie; LF Eric Thames; CF Colby Rasmus; RF Jose Bautista; DH Edwin Encarnacion.

Projected rotation: LHP Ricky Romero, RHP Brandon Morrow, LHP Brett Cecil, RHP Henderson Alvarez, RHP Dustin McGowan, RHP Kyle Drabek, RHP NELSON FIGUEROA, LHP AARON LAFFEY, RHP Deck McGuire, RHPDrew Hutchison.


Projected bench: C JEFF MATHIS, Brian Jeroloman; INF Mike McCoy, OMAR VIZQUEL, BRIAN BOCOCK, LUIS VALBUENA; OF Rajai Davis, Travis Snider, BEN FRANCISCO.

Key departures: RHP Frank Francisco, LHP Brian Tallet, RHP Jon Rauch, LHP Brad Mills, LHP Jesse Carlson, RHP Shawn Camp, RHP Nestor Molina, RHP Kyle Davies, RHP Chad Gaudin, LHP Wil Ledezma, RHP P.J. Walters; C Jose Molina; INF Mark Teahen, Jayson Nix; OF DeWayne Wise, Adam Loewen.

Spring issues: Rotation lacks depth to sustain any major injuries, but the rebuilt bullpen should be a strength … Lawrie is healthy after 2011 injuries and could emerge as a star … Jury remains out over whether Rasmus will realize his potential.

American League Central

Chicago White Sox

White Sox

Projected lineup: C A.J. Pierzynski; 1B Paul Konerko; 2B Gordon Beckham; SS Alexei Ramirez; 3B Brent Morel; LF Alejandro De Aza; CF Alex Rios; RF Dayan Viciedo; DH Adam Dunn.

Projected rotation: RHP Jake Peavy, LHP John Danks, RHP Gavin Floyd, LHP Chris Sale, RHP Philip Humber; RHP Simon Castro, RHP NESTOR MOLINA, LHP ERIC STULTS.

Projected bullpen: LHP Matt Thornton, RHP Addison Reed, RHP Jesse Crain, LHP Will Ohman, RHP Dylan Axelrod, RHP Zach Stewart, LHP Hector Santiago, RHP Gregory Infante, RHP JHAN MARINEZ, RHP Brian Bruney.

Projected bench: C Tyler Flowers, HECTOR GIMENEZ; INF Brent Lillibridge, OZZIE MARTINEZ, Eduardo Escobar, DAN JOHNSON, Dallas McPherson, Jim Gallagher; OF KOSUKE FUKUDOME, DELWYN YOUNG, Jordan Danks.

Key departures: LHP Mark Buehrle, RHP Sergio Santos, RHP Jason Frasor, RHP Tony Pena; INF Omar Vizquel; OF Carlos Quentin, Juan Pierre.

Spring issues: New White Sox manager ROBIN VENTURA needs bounce-back seasons from people like Dunn, Rios, Beckham and Peavy for club to be respectable … Spring opens with no certain closer in bullpen though hopes are high for young Reed … Viciedo will get every chance to be the middle-of-the-lineup hitter the White Sox project him to be … If the Sox's season starts deteriorating, veterans like Pierzynski and Konerko will likely be shopped.

Cleveland Indians


Projected lineup: C Carlos Santana; 1B CASEY KOTCHMAN; 2B Jason Kipnis; SS Asdrubal Cabrera; 3B Lonnie Chisenhall; LF Michael Brantley; CF Grady Sizemore; RF Shin-Soo Choo; DH Travis Hafner.

Projected rotation: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, RHP Justin Masterson, RHP Josh Tomlin, RHP DEREK LOWE, LHP David Huff, RHP Jeanmar Gomez, RHP JON GARLAND, RHP KEVIN SLOWEY, RHP Zach McAllister, LHP Scott Barnes.

Projected bullpen: RHP Chris Perez, LHP Rafael Perez, RHP Vinnie Pestano, LHP Tony Sipp, RHP Joe Smith, RHP Frank Herrmann, LHP Nick Hagadone, RHP DAN WHEELER, RHP CHRIS RAY, RHP JEREMY ACCARDO, RHP ROBINSON TEJADA.

Projected bench: C Lou Marson, Luke Carlin; INF Matt LaPorta, RUSS CANZLER, Jason Donald, ANDY LaROCHE, JOSE LOPEZ; OF Shelley Duncan, Aaron Cunningham, FRED LEWIS, FELIX PIE, RYAN SPILBORGHS.

Key departures: RHP Chad Durbin, RHP Justin Germano, RHP Zach Putnam; INF Adam Everett, Jim Thome; OF Travis Buck, Kosuke Fukudome, Austin Kearns.

Spring issues: Indians are not counting on having identity-challenged RHP Fausto Carmona (now known as Roberto Hernandez) available for the near future … To contend, Jimenez must return to being a dominant starter following his poor 2011 debut in Cleveland … Good health is vital for oft-injured regulars Sizemore, Hafner and Santana in what could often be an all-lefty-batting lineup … Indians hope young infielders Kipnis and Chisenhall will emerge as strong everyday players … Rotation is all right-handed unless Huff earns a spot.

Detroit Tigers


Projected lineup: C Alex Avila; 1B PRINCE FIELDER; 2B Ryan Raburn; SS Jhonny Peralta; 3B Miguel Cabrera; LF Andy Dirks; CF Austin Jackson; RF Brennan Boesch; DH Delmon Young.

Projected rotation: RHP Justin Verlander, RHP Doug Fister, RHP Max Scherzer, RHP Rick Porcello, RHP Jacob Turner, LHP Andrew Oliver, LHP Duane Below, LHP Drew Smyly, LHP Casey Crosby.

Projected bullpen: RHP Jose Valverde, RHP Joaquin Benoit, RHP OCTAVIO DOTEL, LHP Phil Coke, RHP Al Alburquerque, LHP Daniel Schlereth, RHP David Pauley, RHP COLIN BALESTER, LHP Adam Wilk, LHP Matt Hoffman, RHP CHRIS BOOTCHECK.

Projected bench: C GERALD LAIRD, Omir Santos; INF Brandon Inge, Ramon Santiago, Danny Worth; OF Don Kelly, ERIC PATTERSON, MATT YOUNG.

Key departures: RHP Brad Penny, RHP Ryan Perry, LHP David Purcey, LHP Brad Thomas, RHP Joel Zumaya; INF Carlos Guillen, Wilson Betemit, Will Rhymes; OF Magglio Ordonez.

Spring keys: Fifth starter's job in the rotation is wide open among several young in-house candidates … Obviously, there will be constant focus on how a slimmed-down Cabrera is handling defense at third base … DH job will likely be shared by several players with Tigers roster having a lot of interchangeable parts … For Tigers to go the distance as many predict, they will need more consistency from Scherzer and Porcello.

Kansas City Royals


Projected lineup: C Salvador Perez; 1B Eric Hosmer; 2B Johnny Giavotella; SS Alcides Escobar; 3B Mike Moustakas; LF Alex Gordon; CF Lorenzo Cain; RF Jeff Francoeur; DH Billy Butler.

Projected rotation: LHP JONATHAN SANCHEZ, LHP Bruce Chen, RHP Luke Hochevar, RHP Felipe Paulino, RHP Aaron Crow, LHP Danny Duffy, RHP Luis Mendoza, RHP Sean O'Sullivan, RHP ZACH MINER, Jake Odorizzi.

Projected bullpen: RHP Joakim Soria, LHP Tim Collins, RHP JONATHAN BROXTON, LHP JOSE MIJARES, RHP Blake Wood, RHP Louis Coleman, RHP Greg Holland, RHP Kelvin Herrera, RHP Vin Mazzaro, LHP TOMMY HOTTOVY.

Projected bench: C Brayan Pena, Manny Pina; INF Chris Getz, YUNIESKY BETANCOURT, KEVIN KOUZMANOFF; OF Mitch Maier, Jarrod Dyson, GREG GOLSON, Wil Myers.

Key departures: LHP Jeff Francis, RHP Robinson Tejeda, LHP Aaron Laffey; C Jason Kendall; INF Yamaico Navarro; OF Melky Cabrera.

Spring issues: Royals' continued growth greatly depends on an improved rotation, beginning with Sanchez, whom they hope will finally emerge after teasing the Giants for years … KC intends to move Crow from bullpen to rotation … Lineup is dependent on the continued growth of big prospects like Hosmer and Moustakas … If Broxton bounces back from his arm troubles, it could make Soria available for a trade down the line … Overall depth is iffy which means the Royals sink or swim with their kids.

Minnesota Twins


Projected lineup: C Joe Mauer; 1B Justin Morneau; 2B Alexi Casilla; SS JAMEY CARROLL; 3B Danny Valencia; LF Ben Revere; CF Denard Span; RF JOSH WILLLINGHAM; DH RYAN DOUMIT.

Projected rotation: RHP Carl Pavano, LHP Francisco Liriano, RHP Scott Baker, RHP Nick Blackburn, RHP JASON MARQUIS, LHP Brian Duensing, RHP P.J. WALTERS.

Projected bullpen: RHP Matt Capps, LHP Glen Perkins, RHP Alex Burnett, RHP Anthony Swarzak, RHP Scott Diamond, RHP Lester Oliveros, RHP Kyle Waldrop, RHP Jeff Gray, RHP JOEL ZUMAYA, RHP JASON BULGER, RHP JARED BURTON, RHP CASEY FIEN, RHP DARYL THOMPSON, RHP LUIS PERDOMO.

Projected bench: C Drew Butera, J.R. TOWLES; INF Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Luke Hughes, Chris Parmelee, SEAN BURROUGHS; OF Trevor Plouffe, Rene Tosoni, Joe Benson, DARIN MASTROIANNI.

Key departures: RHP Joe Nathan, LHP Jose Mijares, LHP Chuck James; INF Matt Tolbert; OF Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel.

Spring issues: Everything begins and ends with the health of Mauer and Morneau … Rotation lacks a real ace unless Liriano re-emerges after several down seasons … Capps opens as closer but bullpen is largely wide open … Lineup has to feel loss of Cuddyer … Returning GM TERRY RYAN has been busy with over 65 players coming to Twins camp.

American League West

Los Angeles Angels


Projected lineup: C CHRIS IANNETTA; 1B ALBERT PUJOLS; 2B Howard Kendrick; SS Erick Aybar; 3B Alberto Callaspo; LF Vernon Wells; CF Peter Bourjos; RF Torii Hunter; DH Mark Trumbo.

Projected rotation: RHP Jered Weaver, RHP Dan Haren, LHP C.J. WILSON, RHP Ervin Santana, RHP Jerome Williams, RHP Garrett Richards, LHP BRAD MILLS.

Projected bullpen: RHP Jordan Walden, LHP Scott Downs, RHP LaTROY HAWKINS, RHP Hisanori Takahashi, RHP Rich Thompson, RHP Bobby Cassevah, RHP Trevor Bell, RHP Kevin Jepsen, RHP Michael Kohn.

Projected bench: C Hank Conger, Bobby Wilson; INF Kendrys Morales, Maicer Izturis, Andrew Romine, JORGE CANTU; OF Bobby Abreu, Mike Trout, Jeremy Moore, RYAN LANGERHANS.

Key departures: RHP Joel Piniero, RHP Fernando Rodney, RHP Tyler Chatwood, RHP Jason Bulger, LHP Scott Kazmir, RHP Matt Palmer; C Jeff Mathis.

Spring issues: Angels will love to see Trumbo adapt to third base so that a supposedly healthy Morales could fit back in as DH … Abreu has been shopped, though he remains insurance for both DH and outfield depth … Trout is wild card who could force way into lineup and perhaps make Bourjos available or put the expensive Wells on the bench … Bullpen depth remains iffy with Walden an unproven commodity as championship-caliber closer.

Oakland Athletics


Projected lineup: C Kurt Suzuki; 1B Brandon Allen; 2B Jemile Weeks; SS Cliff Pennington; 3B Scott Sizemore; LF SETH SMITH; CF Coco Crisp; RF JOSH REDDICK; DH JONNY GOMES.

Projected rotation: RHP Brandon McCarthy, LHP Brett Anderson, LHP Dallas Braden, RHP BARTOLO COLON, RHP BRAD PEACOCK, LHP TOM MILONE, RHP JARROD PARKER, RHP RYAN COOK, RHP Graham Godfrey.

Projected bullpen: RHP Grant Balfour, RHP Fautino De Los Santos, LHP Brian Fuentes, RHP Joey Devine, RHP Neil Wagner, LHP Jerry Blevins, RHP Andrew Carignan, LHP FABIO CASTRO, RHP EDGAR GONZALEZ.

Projected bench: C Anthony Recker, Josh Donaldson; INF Daric Barton, Chris Carter, KILA KA'AIHUE, Eric Sogard, Adam Rosales; OF YOENIS CESPEDES, COLLIN COWGILL, Michael Taylor, Jermaine Mitchell, JASON PRIDIE, BRANDON MOSS.

Key departures: RHP Trevor Cahill, LHP Gio Gonzalez, RHP Andrew Bailey, LHP Craig Breslow, RHP Guillermo Moscoso, LHP Josh Outman, RHP Trystan Magnuson, RHP Rich Harden; INF Andy LaRoche; OF Hideki Matsui, David DeJesus, Ryan Sweeney, Jai Miller.

Spring issues: Things would get a lot more interesting around this bare-bones team if Cespedes forces his way into the Opening Day lineup … Re-shuffled rotation will likely include one of the new prospects such as Peacock or Parker … First base remains a big question and the overall lack of power makes the lineup look as weak as any in baseball.

Seattle Mariners


Projected lineup: C Miguel Olivo; 1B Justin Smoak; 2B Dustin Ackley; SS Brendan Ryan; 3B Kyle Seager; LF Mike Carp; CF Franklin Gutierrez; RF Ichiro Suzuki; DH JESUS MONTERO.

Projected rotation: RHP Felix Hernandez, LHP Jason Vargas, RHP HISASHI IWAKUMA, RHP Blake Beavan, LHP Charlie Furbush, LHP Danny Hultzen, RHP HECTOR NOESI, RHP KEVIN MILLWOOD, LHP OLIVER PEREZ.

Projected bullpen: RHP Brandon League, RHP Shawn Kelley, RHP Tom Wilhelmsen, LHP HONG-CHIH KUO, LHP GEORGE SHERRILL, RHP Chance Ruffin, RHP SHAWN CAMP, RHP Steve Delabar, LHP Cesar Jimenez, RHP MATT FOX, RHP AARON HEILMAN, RHP JOSH KINNEY, RHP JEFF MARQUEZ.

Projected bench: C John Jaso; INF Chone Figgins, Alex Liddi, CARLOS GUILLEN, MUNENORI KAWASAKI, LUIS RODRIGUEZ; OF Trayvon Robinson, Casper Wells, Michael Saunders, DARREN FORD.

Key departures: RHP Michael Pineda, RHP David Aardsma, RHP Dan Cortes, RHP Josh Lueke, RHP Jamey Wright; C Josh Bard; INF Adam Kennedy; OF Wily Mo Pena.

Spring issues: Mariners are counting heavily on Montero to immediately be a middle-of-lineup force, but Seattle also needs progress from young hitters like Ackley and Smoak to field a more competitive attack … Rotation is largely up in the air beyond Hernandez and Vargas … Mariners are considering dropping Ichiro from the leadoff spot … Speculation will continue that if Seattle struggles early, Hernandez could be available, especially if highly regarded Hultzen advances quickly.

Texas Rangers


Projected lineup: C Mike Napoli; 1B Mitch Moreland; 2B Ian Kinsler; SS Elvis Andrus; 3B Adrian Beltre; LF Josh Hamilton; CF Craig Gentry; RF Nelson Cruz; DH Michael Young.

Projected rotation: RHP Colby Lewis, RHP YU DARVISH, LHP Derek Holland, LHP Matt Harrison, RHP Neftali Feliz, LHP Martin Perez, RHP Neil Ramirez, RHP Tanner Scheppers.

Projected bullpen: RHP JOE NATHAN, RHP Alexi Ogando, RHP Mike Adams, RHP Koji Uehara, RHP Scott Feldman, RHP Yoshinori Tateyama, LHP Michael Kirkman, RHP Mark Lowe, RHP Mark Hamburger, LHP JOE BEIMEL, LHP MITCH STETTER, RHP SEAN GREEN.

Projected bench: C Yorvit Torrealba; INF Brandon Snyder, ALBERTO GONZALEZ, BRAD HAWPE, LUIS HERNANDEZ; OF David Murphy, Julio Borbon, Leonys Martin, CONOR JACKSON.

Key departures: LHP C.J. Wilson, LHP Darren Oliver, LHP Mike Gonzalez; C Matt Treanor, Taylor Teagarden; INF Andres Blanco, Omar Quintanilla, Esteban German; OF Endy Chavez.

Spring issues: With the Rangers intent on putting Ogando in the bullpen, the rotation has very little depth as the season begins … Until he signs, Roy Oswalt remains on Texas' radar … How Hamilton approaches season is huge key … Napoli supposedly is still hobbled with late-season ankle injury while Moreland needs to come back from wrist surgery … Backup infield job is wide open … Until he starts pitching, Darvish remains a question as does Feliz' transition into the rotation.