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Rays finalize Wild Card round roster

Diaz and Choi BACK! (And a potential Sugar Shane debut)

Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

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

Starting Pitchers

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