Dusty Baker was willing to share some information on Thursday, but he was not ready to share the Washington Nationals’ full 25-Man Roster for the NLDS. Baker said Pedro Severino was catching Max Scherzer, Wilmer Difo was on the roster, and he was going with three lefties in the pen, but he wouldn’t say which three, he explained, because he had to tell his players first.
He did, however, acknowledge that the final bullpen decisions were difficult.
“Yeah, I mean, that was really -- that was tough, as far as the last decision on whom,” Baker said. “You know, we haven't released that yet.
“We do know we're going to go with three left-handers in the pen, I can tell you that much now.”
That didn’t stop reporters from asking, of course. Is Sean Burnett one of the lefties? Has Brian Goodwin made the roster?
“Like I said, right now, we haven't released it,” Baker stonewalled. “I shouldn't have told you I had three in the bullpen [laughter]. But I can't say yet until we talk to those guys, you know.
“And the same with Goodwin. Have to talk to him, as well.”
Okay... but what about the rest of the bench?
“I can't divulge exactly who my bench is before we tell the players,” Baker reiterated.
“I don't know when the deadline is -- Friday morning, so I guess that's the deadline when we have to, you know, say who is on our roster.”
The wait is over, however. The Nationals finally announced their 25-Man Roster for the NLDS this morning.
The lefties are Marc Rzepczynski, Oliver Perez and Sammy Solis. Michael A. Taylor is on the bench (no Brian Goodwin). Also of note, both Matt Belisle and Yusmeiro Petit are left off the bullpen list. So that means Reynaldo Lopez is the right-handed long man, right?
Here’s the Nationals 2016 Postseason Roster: