Blue Jays carry extra arm with Osuna on ALDS roster

Closer's uncertain status cost speedy Pompey spot on team

Blue Jays carry extra arm with Osuna on ALDS roster

ARLINGTON -- The Blue Jays set their American League Division Series roster several hours before Game 1 on Thursday (4:30 p.m. ET on TBS and Sportnet), adding two starting pitchers while subtracting one infielder and one outfielder to round out the final list of 25.

The need to tweak the active roster after Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Orioles in the AL Wild Card Game stems from the addition of starting pitchers J.A. Happ and Aaron Sanchez. To make room for them, infielder Ryan Goins and outfielder Dalton Pompey were not placed on the ALDS roster.

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While Goins was expected to be left off, Pompey's omission was a bit surprising. The 23-year-old outfielder is the club's primary pinch-running specialist, a role he assumed throughout the Jays' postseason run a year ago.

The Blue Jays opted to go with an extra arm in the bullpen instead of a reinforcement off the bench. This could be because of the uncertain status of closer Roberto Osuna, who is on the roster but whose sore right shoulder may deem him unavailable for Game 1.

"We looked at it with Osuna's situation -- we think he's going to be fine, but you have to cover yourself," manager John Gibbons said. "Really, that's what it came down to."

Osuna exited Tuesday's game against the Orioles in the 10th inning after feeling what he described as a "big stretch" in his right shoulder. The medical staff later told Osuna he needed to rest a couple of days, due to fatigue, according to the right-hander.

The possibility of not having Osuna even for one AL Division Series game led to the Blue Jays opting to be a little short on the bench. Gibbons acknowledged Pompey's speed would be missed.

"Having that baserunner is a luxury," Gibbons said. "We still have some guys -- [Melvin Upton Jr.] is starting today, but if he's not, then he's a good runner. [Darwin] Barney can score from first on a ball in the gap, too. So, really, it's not ideal, but we have to cover ourselves in that bullpen."

Pitchers (12)
Joe Biagini
Brett Cecil
Marco Estrada
Scott Feldman
Jason Grilli
Francisco Liriano
Aaron Loup
Marcus Stroman
Ryan Tepera

Catchers (2)
Russell Martin
Dioner Navarro

Infielders (6)
Darwin Barney
Josh Donaldson
Edwin Encarnacion
Justin Smoak
Devon Travis
Troy Tulowitzki

Outfielders (5)
Jose Bautista
Ezequiel Carrera
Kevin Pillar
Michael Saunders
Melvin Upton Jr.

Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.