PITTSBURGH -- Rookie Keon Broxton's legs and infielder Pedro Florimon's glove are the X-factors included in the Pirates' roster for tonight's game against the Cubs.
Broxton, used as an occasional pinch-runner in September, and the smooth-fielding Florimon were included in the 25-man roster announced Wednesday morning by the Pirates for the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, which will air on TBS at 8 p.m. ET.
The addition of rookie Elias Diaz, who has yet to catch a pitch in a Major League game, is unique but not unexpected. Manager Clint Hurdle had earlier confirmed his plan to carry a third catcher for an emergency, just as he had for the Wild Card Games in 2013-14.
Wild Card rosters are always unique for two principal reasons. They can be overhauled for the subsequent Division Series -- thus they're designed to win one game over one specific opponent -- and they are reliever-heavy, with only one additional starting pitcher made available in the event of an early knockout or an injury.