The Tampa Bay Rays have finalized their 28-man roster for the best of three Wild Card round against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Ji-Man Choi and Yandy Diaz will both make their returns to the active roster after prolonged stints on the Injury List. Choi last played on September 12th before he went down with a hamstring injury. Meanwhile Diaz has been out of action since August 31st, when left a game against the Yankees with a hamstring injury of his own.
The roster also features one of the Rays top prospects as they’ve added LHP Shane McClanahan to their active roster; McClanahan will be making his Major League debut. To clear room on the 40-man roster, the Rays designated Sean Gilmartin for assignment.
The Rays will roll with just two catchers, making the decision to drop Kevan Smith. Meanwhile, Josh Fleming, who has been excellent since making his debut earlier this season, was also left off the roster. However, if the Rays are able to advance to the next round of the playoffs, Fleming is almost certain to be included.
RHB: Mike Zunino
LHB: Michael Perez
RHB: Yandy Diaz, Mike Brosseau, Willy Adames
LHB: Ji-Man Choi, Brandon Lowe, Joey Wendle, Nate Lowe
RHB: Manuel Margot, Hunter Renfroe, Randy Arozarena
LHB: Yoshi Tsutsugo, Kevin Kiermaier, Brett Phillips
RHP: Tyler Glasnow, Charlie Morton
LHP: Blake Snell
RHP: Nick Anderson, Diego Castillo, John Curtiss, Oliver Drake, Pete Fairbanks, Aaron Slegers, Ryan Thompson
LHP: Ryan Yarbrough, Aaron Loup, Shane McClanahan