The Wild Card game rosters remind you how weird the Wild Card game is


The A’s and Royals have released their rosters for tonight’s one-and-done game. And it’s pretty understandable they’re set up this way given a one-and-done situation. First the Athletics:

Now the Royals:

The A’s have are apparently going to be prepared to use a starter like Hammel as a reliever. The Royals are going to rely on Danny Duffy to be a lefty option out of the pen, apparently. If things go weird we could see, like, six or seven pitchers thrown at this bad boy from each team.

Which, again, makes sense given the stakes and the format. But, as I have come to do, I will be trying extra hard tonight to forget how un-baseballish this all is and just go with the excitement of an elimination game. Perhaps pretending that they’ve played six already and that they’re tied 3-3.

Luis Urías to miss six to eight weeks with fractured hamate bone

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Robert Murray reports that Brewers infielder Luis Urías underwent surgery to repair a fractured left hamate bone, suffered during a game in the Mexican Pacific Winter League. The club expects him to miss six to eight weeks, which likely means he will not start the regular season on time.

The Brewers acquired Urías from the Padres along with pitcher Eric Lauer in late November in exchange for pitcher Zach Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham.

Last season with the Padres, Urías hit .223/.329/.326 across 249 plate appearances. While his offense isn’t anything to write home about, he does play above-average defense with the ability to play several positions.

Urías was slated to be the regular shortstop, so his late start likely means Orlando Arcia will get another chance to prove himself. Arcia has failed to live up to expectations across four seasons in the big leagues thus far.