Dodgers NLDS roster: Andre Ethier, Dee Gordon, Chris Capuano make it

Eric Stephen | True Blue LA

The Dodgers open the NLDS on Thursday night at 5:37 p.m. against the Braves at Turner Field.

The Dodgers on Thursday announced their 25-man roster for the National League Division Series against the Braves, and Andre Ethier is on it. As are Dee Gordon and Chris Capuano.

Jerry Hairston, Brandon League, Carlos Marmol, and Edinson Volquez did not make it.

Ethier, dealing with a sprained left ankle, is one of the 25 but is expected to be limited to pinch hitting duty only at least to start the series. Ethier hit .272/.360/.423 with 33 doubles and 12 home runs in the season, including .278/.382/.503 with 15 doubles and seven home runs in 51 games since the All-Star break. But he last played in the field on Sept. 13 and has been limited to one plate appearance since.

Scott Van Slyke is essentially taking the roster spot vacated by Matt Kemp, who is out for the postseason with a left ankle injury. Van Slyke was up and down between the Dodgers and Triple-A Albuquerque this season, and with the big club hit .240/.342/.465 with seven home runs and eight doubles in 152 plate appearances.

Gordon hit .234/.314/.298 in 38 games with the Dodgers this season, including 6-for-17 (.353) in September, but his role figures to be mostly as a pinch runner. He stole four bases in four attempts in September and stole 10 bases in 12 attempts on the season, and stole 49 bases in 60 attempts with Triple-A Albuquerque.

Hairston suffered a back injury that kept him sidelined over the season's final weekend, but also struggled with the bat all year. He hit .211/.265/.275 in 96 games, including just .143/.189/.179 after the All-Star break. Hairston ended his season in slumps of 0-for-19 and 3-for-45.

Capuano missed three weeks with a groin strain suffered in a start on Sept. 6, but returned to pitch two games in relief over the final weekend. Capuano struck out seven and walked one in four scoreless relief appearances, totalin 4⅔ innings. Left-handed batters hit .248/.274/.292 with no home runs in 118 plate appearances this season.

Marmol was acquired from the Cubs on July 2 and put up a 2.53 ERA in 21 appearances with the Dodgers, with 27 strikeouts and 19 walks in 21⅓ innings. He allowed runs in only one of his last 19 games.

"There will be some guys that aren't on the roster who have been a part of what we've done this year." -Don Mattingly on Tuesday

Volquez after getting released by the Padres signed with the Dodgers on Aug. 28 and started five games in September. He was 0-2 with a 4.18 ERA in six games, including one relief appearance, with 26 strikeouts and eighth walks in 28 innings.

Chris Withrow made it after going 3-0 with a 2.60 ERA in his rookie campaign, and struck out 43 against 13 walks in 34⅔ innings. In September the right-hander put up a 0.84 ERA in nine games, with 15 strikeouts and five walks.

Here is the full Dodgers NLDS roster:

Starting pitchers (4): Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Ricky Nolasco

Relief pitchers (7): Kenley Jansen, Brian Wilson, Paco Rodriguez, Ronald Belisario, J.P. Howell, Withrow, Capuano

Catchers (2): A.J. Ellis, Tim Federowicz

Infielders (7): Adrian Gonzalez, Mark Ellis, Hanley Ramirez, Juan Uribe, Michael Young, Nick Punto, Gordon

Outfielders (5): Carl Crawford, Skip Schumaker, Yasiel Puig, Ethier, Van Slyke

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