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RUMOR: Correia Among Pitchers Who May Be Left Off NLDS Roster

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have two days remaining before needing to set their NLDS roster, all of which will likely be used before manager Don Mattingly announces the 25 men he’ll carry on the active roster.

With the emergences of Darwin Barney and Miguel Rojas, coupled with struggles of some relievers, the Dodgers are believed to be weighing whether to carry a 12th pitcher or extra position player. According to ESPN LA’s Mark Saxon, Kevin Correia, Roberto Hernandez and Chris Perez may no longer be in consideration for the NLDS roster:

The Dodgers acquired both Correia and Hernandez off waivers in early August and each pitcher followed a similar path after joining their new team. Correia won his first two starts, then suffered consecutive losses and was eventually sent to the bullpen.

Hernandez allowed two runs in six innings in his Dodger debut, which the team lost and he walked away with a no-decision. After winning two of his next three starts, Hernandez lost his first two September starts and didn’t earn a decision over his final three.

Prior to throwing 5.2 innings against the Colorado Rockies on Sept. 26, Hernandez hadn’t made it out of the fifth inning since Aug. 26. After some inconsistency for much of the season, Perez appeared to settle in during his September outings.

Bone spurs in his ankle landed Perez on the disabled list Aug. 4 and while he didn’t allow an earned run in seven relief appearances in September, he last pitched Sept. 21. The former Cleveland Indians closer signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers in the off-season, and both Correia and Hernandez will be free agents following the season.

Should Perez not make the NLDS roster, it may be a positive sign for at least one of rookie right-handers Pedro Baez or Carlos Frias. As for the starting rotation, assuming Hyun-Jin Ryu gets through a scheduled simulate game Wednesday, he and Dan Haren presumably will round out the starters with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.

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