Rangers ponder options for postseason roster

Rangers ponder options for postseason roster

Rangers ponder options for postseason roster
OAKLAND -- Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and assistant general manager Thad Levine have traveled with the team to Oakland for meetings with manager Ron Washington and the coaching staff about the composition of the playoff roster.

There are three areas to discuss: starting rotation, bullpen and bench.

Yu Darvish will likely be the Rangers' No. 1 starter with Matt Harrison right behind him. Darvish right now is ahead of Harrison in the rotation. He made his final start on Sunday while Harrison is scheduled to go Tuesday. The Rangers are expected to keep them in that order going into the playoffs. Ryan Dempster and Derek Holland will be the other two starters, but in an order yet to be determined.

The bullpen is unknown because the Rangers don't know if Mike Adams will be physically ready for the first round. The Rangers know that Alexi Ogando and Koji Uehara will be the right-handed setup relievers behind closer Joe Nathan, and Robbie Ross will be the left-hander. That leaves four spots to be determined. The choices include veterans Roy Oswalt, Scott Feldman and Mark Lowe, rookies Martin Perez and Tanner Scheppers and left-hander Michael Kirkman.

There is one spot on a four-man bench that will include catcher Geovany Soto, infielder Jurickson Profar and outfielder Craig Gentry. The Rangers would like it to be infielder Mike Olt because they want insurance with Adrian Beltre dealing with physical issues. But the Rangers aren't sure Olt is 100 percent after dealing with inflammation in his right heel for almost all of September. He played on Sunday for the first time in 18 days when he entered Game 2 in the seventh inning when Beltre left with a strained left shoulder. Olt grounded out in his only at-bat and said the heel felt good. But he is not yet a full speed.

"We told him to take it easy until he's comfortable where he is," Washington said. "We kept reminding him to run to your comfort."

Brandon Snyder, who can play multiple positions, and outfielder Leonys Martin are the options if Olt isn't ready. Martin is the more productive player while Snyder offers more versatility. He can play the outfield, both corner positions and catch in an emergency.