A’s to finalize 25-man ALDS roster Saturday
The A’s must finalize their 25-man ALDS roster by 10 a.m. Eastern on Saturday, and expect them to use nearly every second of the time that exists between now and then to turn it in. That doesn’t mean the decisions that come with it haven’t been made, though. Notably missing from the clubhouse today was Jemile Weeks, Daric Barton and Collin Cowgill, along with Dan Straily, who tweeted yesterday, “Just got to Phoenix. I’ll be staying ready in case my right arm is needed.” There are 13 pitchers here, not including injured hurlers Brandon McCarthy and Jordan Norberto, who made the trip, and 12 are expected to make the roster. I’d suspect Pedro Figueroa and Pat Neshek are on the bubble right now, and that the A’s may choose to keep Neshek off the list, as he continues to grieve from his baby son’s passing.
Should that be the case, and at this point it’s simply pure speculation, the A’s would carry these 12 pitchers through the series: (Starters) Jarrod Parker, Tommy Milone, Brett Anderson, A.J. Griffin; and (Relievers) Grant Balfour, Travis Blackley, Jerry Blevins, Ryan Cook, Sean Doolittle, Pedro Figueroa, Jim Miller, Evan Scribner
The position players: Chris Carter, Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp, Josh Donaldson, Stephen Drew, Jonny Gomes, George Kottaras, Brandon Moss, Derek Norris, Cliff Pennington, Josh Reddick, Adam Rosales, Seth Smith