Scott Hairston

The Nationals announce their playoff roster: Rafael Soriano is there

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The Washington Nationals have announced their roster for the NLDS against the Giants. It breaks down thusly:

PITCHERS
Jerry Blevins
Gio Gonzalez
Matt Thornton
Aaron Barrett
Tyler Clippard
Doug Fister
Tanner Roark
Rafael Soriano
Craig Stammen
Drew Storen
Stephen Strasburg
Jordan Zimmermann

CATCHERS
Jose Lobaton
Wilson Ramos

INFIELDERS
Asdrubal Cabrera
Ian Desmond
Danny Espinosa
Kevin Frandsen
Adam LaRoche
Anthony Rendon
Ryan Zimmerman

OUTFIELDERS
Bryce Harper
Nate Schierholtz
Denard Span
Jayson Werth

Twelve pitchers, including Rafael Soriano who had a 7.56 ERA in September and has looked awful in low-leverage situations. But no Ross Detwiler. Also: no Scott Hairston, though he was pretty crappy in the second half so it makes some sense.

Not that these are huge issues. If it comes down to a situation where having Ross Detwiler is important, a lot of things have gone wrong for Matt Williams before then. And it’s not like Kevin Frandsen can’t do most of what Hairston would likely be called on to do in a playoff game.