The Oakland Athletics have announced their roster for the American League Wild Card game, with first pitch at 5:07 pm Pacific Time. Left-handed relief pitcher Eric O'Flaherty has been left off the roster, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser, because he has been dealing with "discomfort in his surgically repaired elbow."
The Athletics are going with just one extra member of their regular starting rotation, Jason Hammel, and six other relievers including left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz. Billy Burns makes the roster, and because the A's selected just eight pitchers, there is room for Andy Parrino to make the postseason roster.
Should the Athletics advance, the A's will reset their roster for the American League Division Series against the Los Angeles Angels, starting Thursday. At that point, they will need to drop three players to add Sonny Gray, Jeff Samardzija, and Scott Kazmir.
Craig Gentry may be available later in the postseason should the A's advance. He took batting practice on Monday, and will likely be sent to instructional league in Arizona to get at bats.
The complete Oakland Athletics American League Wild Card Game roster:
|Catchers (2)||Hand||Starting Pitchers (2)||Hand||Not on Roster||Pos.||Injury|
|Derek Norris||RHB||Jason Hammel||RHP||Kyle Blanks||1B||Yes|
|Geovany Soto||RHB||Jon Lester||LHP||Bryan Anderson||C|
|First Baseman (4)||Hand||Relievers (6)||Hand||Craig Gentry||OF||Yes|
|Adam Dunn||LHB||Fernando Abad||LHP||Sonny Gray||SP|
|Nate Freiman||RHB||Ryan Cook||RHP||Scott Kazmir||SP|
|Brandon Moss||LHB||Sean Doolittle||LHP||Jeff Samardzija||SP|
|Stephen Vogt||LHB||Luke Gregerson||RHP||Jesse Chavez||RP|
|Dan Otero||RHP||Eric O'Flaherty||RP||Yes|
|Infielders (6)||Hand||Drew Pomeranz||LHP||Fernando Rodriguez||RP|
|Alberto Callaspo||SHB||Evan Scribner||RP|
Here is Kansas City's postseason roster. They are carrying nine pitchers total, the five relievers with ERAs under 2.00, James Shields, and three other starting pitchers:
Kansas City's 25-man roster for tonight. Very hitter-heavy because teams can change rosters before ALDS. pic.twitter.com/aHLOzexqpY— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 30, 2014