Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti hinted his staff along with Don Mattingly might take until 6:59 am PST to put together the NLDS roster. Well, they came pretty close as the Dodgers roster wasn’t announced till 30 minutes after the initial deadline as Game 1 gets underway tonight.
After yesterday’s workout at Turner Field, things remained unchanged with outfielder Andre Ethier and Skip Schumaker will start at least Games 1 and 2. The Dodgers also had difficult decisions as to take Edinson Volquez or Chris Capuano as the long-man, while also figuring out what type of utility player to keep.
Here’s the Dodgers 2013 NLDS roster:
Scott Van Slyke
The real surprise is the Dodgers putting Gordon on the roster, but if Ethier is going to be on, he’ll likely serve as the pinch runner if Ethier is able to get on base. Gordon worked out in center field before the Dodgers left for Atlanta, but Colletti talked about how he can change a game with his speed like Billy Hamilton of the Reds.
Also, Brandon League and Carlos Marmol were left off in favor of Capuano and Chris Withrow as it’s clear the Dodgers only went with relievers they trust in tough situations.
While the Dodgers will have the ability to change their roster if they advance to the NLCS, this looks to be the best roster they could’ve put out for the NLDS.
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