Braves reveal NLDS roster
With some uncertainty still surrounding Takashi Saito’s right shoulder, the Braves opted to include five rookie relievers on their National League Division Series roster.
The Braves NLDS roster will actually include a total of seven rookies – right fielder Jason Heyward, second baseman Brooks Conrad, right-handed relievers Craig Kimbrel, Cristhian Martinez and Brandon Beachy; left-handed relievers Jonny Venters and Mike Dunn.
This marks the first time in franchise history that the Braves have had seven rookies on a postseason roster. Yesterday, I indicated that they would like have eight. But since then, I’ve learned Diory Hernandez is not a rookie.
The Braves will carry two catchers — Brian McCann and David Ross — and an 11-man pitching staff. They plan to use a three-man rotation during this best-of-five series.
Catchers: McCann , Ross
Infielders: Derrek Lee, Conrad, Omar Infante, Alex Gonzalez, Troy Glaus and Diory Hernandez
Outfielders:Rick Ankiel, Nate McLouth, Matt Diaz, Eric Hinske, Heyward, Melky Cabrera
Starting pitchers: Derek Lowe, Tommy Hanson, Tim Hudson
Relief pitchers: Billy Wagner, Venters, Kimbrel, Peter Moylan, Dunn, Beachy, Kyle Farnsworth, Martinez.