LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers on Saturday unveiled their roster for the National League Division Series against the Diamondbacks, which includes 13 pitchers and 13 position players for the best-of-5 series.
Of note are four rookie pitchers on the roster, including Game 2 starter Bobby Miller. Ryan Pepiot might pitch in Game 3 in some capacity, Emmet Sheehan parlayed a terrific September into a bulk relief role in October, and Michael Grove made his first postseason roster, in a short relief role.
“They’re way more prepared than when I first came up,” Game 1 starter Clayton Kershaw said Friday of the Dodgers rookie pitchers. “They’re ready for the moment, and I think they’re going to be great.”
A casualty is left-hander Ryan Yarbrough, who started twice and pitched nine times in bulk relief since getting acquired at the trade deadline. With fewer left-handed threats of the Diamondbacks outside of Corbin Carroll, the Dodgers opted against carrying a third left-handed reliever in Yarbrough.
Veteran infielder Kolten Wong also made the NLDS roster, giving the Dodgers another late-inning defensive option at second base or shortstop, as well as another left-handed bat. Wong hit .300/.353/.500 in limited duty (34 plate appearances) after joining the team on September 1.
Wong made it over the right-handed-batting Amed Rosario, which manager Dave Roberts called a tough decision.
“It was more driven by the fact that we have Kiké [Hernández] and CT [Chris Taylor] that are versatile players from the right side. Having Amed, without a left-handed starter going for them, was a little redundant,” Roberts said Saturday. “To have a left-handed bat in Kolten, to come out of it with him on the bench we felt was a lot of value.”
Dodgers 2023 NLDS roster
Starting pitchers/bulk relievers (5): Clayton Kershaw, Bobby Miller, Lance Lynn, Ryan Pepiot, Emmet Sheehan
Right-handed relievers (6): Evan Phillips, Brusdar Graterol, Ryan Brasier, Joe Kelly, Shelby Miller, Michael Grove
Left-handed relievers (2): Caleb Ferguson, Alex Vesia
Catchers (2): Will Smith, Austin Barnes
Everyday position players (5): Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, J.D. Martinez, Max Muncy, James Outman
Right-handed semi-regulars (3): Miguel Rojas, Chris Taylor, Kiké Hernández
Left-handed semi-regulars (3): Jason Heyward, David Peralta, Kolten Wong