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No news yet on final roster

Posted Oct 21, 2008 by Marc Lancaster

Updated Oct 21, 2008 at 02:00 PM

The Rays still have some meeting to do before finalizing their World Series roster, but don’t expect any radical changes.

It sounds like they’re set on sticking with 11 pitchers—expected to be the same 11 as in the ALCS—and it doesn’t sound like Shawn Riggans is healthy enough to return as the backup catcher. There has been some talk of adding Eric Hinske and dropping Gabe Gross, but it doesn’t sound as if that’s going to happen.

As for the rotation, it will be as expected, with Scott Kazmir leading off followed by James Shields, Matt Garza and Andy Sonnanstine. In addition to being the prudent choice to keep everyone on regular rest, that alignment also will allow Shields to start twice at home. Also, Sonnanstine probably will be available out of the bullpen in Game 1 if needed—it’s been a while since he pitched and his scheduled start won’t come until Sunday.

Reader Comments

Por (Mark) on October 22, 2008 (Suggest removal)

With the return of Baldelli, and the emergence of Perez, I hope the Rays put Hinske on the roster instead of Gross.
Gross is not needed, does he have more than one hit in the post-season? His defense and throwing have been average at best lately. I would hate to see Zobrist in any situation, so Hinske’s bat is needed. Go Rays!

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