Arizona Diamondbacks release Wild Card roster minus one starter
By Trisha Garcia
The official Wild Card roster for the Arizona Diamondbacks has been released with 25 names.
The Arizona Diamondbacks released their roster for Wednesday’s Wild Card game against the Colorado Rockies.
With 25 names on it, the Diamondbacks chose 10 pitchers, include four starters. Taijuan Walker did not make the Wild Card roster.
For the infield, Chris Owings did not make the roster. But, this was expected. Owings, if all goes well in the Wild Card game and in his rehab, could make the NLCS roster.
However, Kris Negron made the roster.
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The starters include Zack Greinke, Robbie Ray, Patrick Corbin and Zack Godley.
It makes sense that Walker did not make the roster as he pitched five innings on Saturday, Sept. 30 and threw 76 pitches. Walker would likely not be rested to pitch in the Wild Card game, but will most likely be on an NLCS roster, if there is one.
Relievers include Archie Bradley, Andrew Chafin, Jorge De La Rosa, David Hernandez, Jimmie Sherfy and Fernando Rodney.
For better of worse, Rodney is the closer. Bradley will likely take on a similar role to that of Andrew Miller with the Cleveland Indians in 2016, pitching as many innings as needed and as he can. As a former starter, Bradley could go the distance if needed.
All three catchers made the roster. Only lineups will tell us if Jeff Mathis is going to start over Chris Iannetta.
Here is the roster as it stands for Wednesday’s game:
David Peralta, Ketel Marte and Rey Fuentes must have overcome the tightness they were previously feeling as they all made the roster as well.
Key names from the bullpen that didn’t make the roster: Jake Barrett and Silvino Bracho. Barrett struggled after a strong start to the 2017, but Bracho has come back with solid pitches in the later part of the season.
The roster announcements mean we are that much closer to first pitch and only a few hours until lineup announcements.
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