Thursday, October 4, 2012
Teams have options on wild-card roster
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Friday's AL wild-card game is treated like any other postseason series. That means the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles can field a 25-man roster and then reset it after the game for the ALDS.
That allows both teams to make sure they've got the arms and bench players they need. The clubs have until 10 a.m. Friday to get those rosters in as they sort through their options.
For Texas, there's no reason to put Matt Harrison (the likely Game 1 ALDS starter) or Ryan Dempster (who pitched on Wednesday) on the roster. They could elect to leave Derek Holland off after he threw some innings Wednesday, but perhaps the lefty could give them an inning if needed. That could open up a spot for Mark Lowe or Tanner Scheppers, two guys that might not make the ALDS roster. Or the Rangers could elect to add another bench player, perhaps Leonys Martin to pinch run or Mike Olt to possibly pinch hit.
But the fact that the roster can be adjusted after the game for the next round gives clubs some flexibility.
"You may not need all of your starters, especially the guys that just pitched," general manager Jon Daniels said. "We'll meet and talk about it. The likelihood of using 25 guys in a game isn't high, but you want to be prepared and anybody that can help you win a game in a specialist role, you want to make sure is available for Wash to use."