The Tampa Bay Rays have finalized their 28-man roster ahead of the first game of the World Series, which kicks off tonight at 8:00 p.m. EST.
The most surprising change from their American League Championship Series roster is the decision to drop flame throwing lefty Jose Alvarado and replaced him with another lefty in Ryan Sherriff.
The other change is bringing back outfielder Brett Phillips and dropping right-handed pitcher Aaron Slegers. Phillips is an important addition as the back up center fielder to Kevin Kiermaier, who was injured on an HBP during the ALCS.
The complete roster is as follows:
PITCHERS (13): RHP Nick Anderson, RHP Diego Castillo, RHP John Curtiss, RHP Pete Fairbanks, LHP Josh Fleming, RHP Tyler Glasnow, LHP Aaron Loup, LHP Shane McClanahan, RHP Charlie Morton, LHP Ryan Sherriff, LHP Blake Snell, RHP Ryan Thompson, LHP Ryan Yarbrough
CATCHERS (2): Michael Perez, Mike Zunino
INFIELDERS (6): Willy Adames, Mike Brosseau, Ji-Man Choi, Yandy Díaz, Brandon Lowe, Joey Wendle
OUTFIELDERS (7): Randy Arozarena, Kevin Kiermaier, Manuel Margot, Austin Meadows, Hunter Renfroe, Brett Phillips, Yoshi Tsutsugo
The first two games of the World Series will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the two teams getting an off day on Thursday. Then games three through five will be played from Friday through Sunday. Then, if needed, the final two games will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.