Rays set roster, go with 11 pitchers
Jackson slides in for Hinske to protect against stretching staff thin
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays announced their roster for the American League Championship Series and, as expected, they went with 11 pitchers and 14 position players, which translated to right-hander Edwin Jackson being added to the roster and outfielder Eric Hinske being removed.
Having enough arms in the event of a pitching catastrophe in a seven-game series became the overriding reason for going with 11 hurlers.
The composition of the Rays' roster will be as follows:
Pitchers (11): Grant Balfour, Chad Bradford, Matt Garza, J.P. Howell, Jackson, Scott Kazmir, Trever Miller, David Price, James Shields, Andy Sonnanstine and Dan Wheeler
Catchers (2): Dioner Navarro and Michel Hernandez
Infielders (6): Willy Aybar, Jason Bartlett, Akinori Iwamura, Evan Longoria, Carlos Pena and Ben Zobrist
Outfielders (5): Rocco Baldelli, Carl Crawford, Gabe Gross, Fernando Perez and B.J. Upton
DH (1): Cliff Floyd
Maddon said the roster decisions for the ALCS were every bit as difficult as those he made for the ALDS.
"They're all hard," Maddon said. "When you have guys that have played all year with the group and then you have to pick and choose at this time of the year to say somebody's on and somebody's off, that's not fun, because, again, everybody is responsible for us being at this particular juncture. There's nobody that has not contributed. So when you do this, it's difficult. You still have to choose on what you think is the right thing to do."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.