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Happ likely to get Phils' final roster spot

Happ likely to get Phils' final roster spot

PHILADELPHIA -- The way Rudy Seanez sees it, if there were a chance of being included on the National League Championship Series roster, he wouldn't be standing at his locker in Philadelphia.

He'd be in Florida throwing to hitters, getting his arm ready for the types of battles that can't be simulated with bullpen sessions.

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So even though the veteran of 17 Major League seasons hasn't heard anything official, he just knows.

"I don't think I will be included," Seanez said. "Even if it was 50/50, I think they'd say, 'Get down there and face hitters, just in case.'"

With a Thursday 11 a.m. ET deadline to submit NLCS rosters looming, the Phillies will likely remain at 11 pitchers, as suggested by pitching coach Rich Dubee.

The choice appeared to be whether to keep long man J.A. Happ or Seanez, who spent Spring Training with the Dodgers. Happ made the roster for the NL Division Series, but didn't appear in a game. The likelihood of a long reliever increases in a seven-game series.

Seanez, who had a 3.09 ERA in 11 postseason games from 1998-2006, understands his situation.

"If it bothered me, it would bother somebody else, and we don't need any distractions right now," Seanez said. "It's pretty plain that we have to win. Either way, it will be fun. Just being around it will be cool, and things can change."

Assuming the Phillies don't make alterations, here is their likely NLCS roster:

Pitchers: Joe Blanton, Clay Condrey, Chad Durbin, Scott Eyre, Cole Hamels, Happ, Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, Jamie Moyer, Brett Myers, J.C. Romero.

Catchers: Chris Coste, Carlos Ruiz.

Infielders: Eric Bruntlett, Greg Dobbs, Pedro Feliz, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley.

Outfielders: Pat Burrell, Geoff Jenkins, Matt Stairs, So Taguchi, Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth.

Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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