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Bill Ladson

Righty Roark waiting to hear on role for NLDS

Righty Roark waiting to hear on role for NLDS

WASHINGTON -- Nationals manager Matt Williams has not announced his rotation during the National League Division Series, which starts on Friday at 3:07 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 at Nationals Park. It will be interesting to see what role Tanner Roark will play in the postseason. All indications have him coming out of the bullpen -- at least for the first round.

  Date Time Matchup Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 3   SF 3, WAS 2 video
Gm 2 Oct. 4   SF 2, WAS 1 (18 inn.) video
Gm 3 Oct. 6   WAS 4, SF 1 video
Gm 4 Oct. 7   SF 3, WAS 2 video

Roark's last start was Sept. 23 against the Mets. Roark worked out in the bullpen after that, but he was not needed in the final six games.

"Obviously, we don't know the rotation -- yet. We'll just wait and see," Roark said. "If I'm starting, that's great. If I'm in the bullpen, I'm fine with that, too. Anything to help out the team. Every time I get on the mound, I'll attack the zone, pitch inside."

Roark had a productive season for the Nationals, going 15-10 with a 2.85 ERA. As a reliever, he is 4-0 with a 1.19 ERA in nine career games.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.