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NLCS Rosters for Cards and Nats—No Changes for Cards, Nats Make Changes and Use Post-Season Paternity Leave List

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Explanation of the Postseason Paternity Leave List

MLB: NLDS-St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

With Michael Wacha continuing to throw during the NLDS to get his shoulder in shape, there was speculation that he would replace one of the Cards’ pitchers on the NLCS roster. Whether they admitted it or not, Cards fans nationwide immediately had visions of Game 5 of the 2014 NLCS and Travis Ishikawa. You can all unclench, because the Cards announced earlier today that their NLCS roster will remain unchanged from the NLDS version. Randy Arozarena will not be punished for streaming Mike Shildt’s comments to the team after Game 5. And Daniel Ponce de Leon and Yairo Munoz will still be on the roster despite not being used in the NLDS.

Cardinals’ Roster

Pitchers (12)

Miles Mikolas, Jack Flaherty, Adam Wainwright, Dakota Hudson, Carlos Martinez, Giovanny Gallegos, John Brebbia, Ryan Helsley, Daniel Ponce de Leon, Genesis Cabrera (L), Tyler Webb (L), Andrew Miller (L)

Catchers (2)

Yadier Molina, Matt Wieters

Infielders (6)

Paul Goldschmidt, Kolten Wong, Paul DeJong, Tommy Edman, Matt Carpenter, Yairo Munoz

Outfielders (5)

Marcell Ozuna, Harrison Bader, Dexter Fowler, Jose Martinez, Randy Arozarena

Nationals’ Roster

The Nationals announced some last-minute changes to their NLCS roster. They only had 9 pitchers on their roster for the Wild Card Game, but dropped 2 bench players (third catcher Raudy Read and OF Andrew Stevenson) to add RHPs Wander Suero and Austin Voth for the NLDS. For the NLCS, the Nationals retooled their bullpen a bit, in part due to the necessity of putting RHP Daniel Hudson on the Post-Season Paternity Leave List. I will explain the procedure for that List after I set forth the Nationals’ roster. RHP Hunter Strickland has been dropped from the roster, and LHP Roenis Elias and RHP Javy Guerra have been added. RHP Wander Suero has been designated as the player to replace Hudson’s presence on the roster for his Paternity Leave, so Suero will be dropped from the roster whenever Hudson comes back.

Nationals’ Manager Dave Martinez clearly has lost confidence is both Strickland and Suero, if he ever had it. Strickland made 2 apperances in the 5-game series with the Dodgers, pitching 2 IP with 4 hits allowed, 3 of which were home runs, including 4 ER. Suero only pitched once, in Game 3, and he only got 1 out while allowing a 3-run HR and a double. Elias has not pitched since September 5th, due to a right hamstring strain.

Pitchers (11)

Patrick Corbin (L), Sean Doolittle (L), Roenis Elias (L), Javy Guerra, Tanner Rainey, Fernando Rodney, Anibal Sanchez, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Wander Suero, Austin Voth

Catchers (2)

Yan Gomes, Kurt Suzuki

Infielders (7)

Matt Adams, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brian Dozier, Howie Kendrick, Anthony Rendon, Trea Turner, Ryan Zimmerman

Outfielders (5)

Adam Eaton, Gerardo Parra, Victor Robles, Juan Soto, Michael Taylor

Postseason Paternity Leave (1)

Daniel Hudson

Postseason Paternity Leave List Procedure

As those of you with children know, Mother Nature does not always coincide childbirth around the Major League Baseball Playoffs. Fortunately for baseball fathers and mothers, the postseason rules provide for a Postseason Paternity Leave List, as well as a Postseason Bereavement/Family Medical Emergency List just like it does for the regular season.

This is the first instance I know of where the Postseason Paternity Leave List has been used. According to Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports, Daniel Hudson flew to Pheonix, Arizona during yesterday’s offday to be with his wife, who was set to give birth to their third child after he arrived. He was expected to rejoin the team tonight in time for Game 1 of the NLCS in St. Louis. According to Jesse Dougherty, the Nationals’ beat writer for the Washington Post, everything with the birth went fine. Nevertheless, Hudson chose to miss Game 1 of the NLCS to be with his wife and child for a day. What does that mean for the Nationals?

With approval from the Commissioner, a player who is the father of a child whose delivery or adoption is imminent or has already occurred within the previous 48 hours, may be placed on the Postseason Paternity Leave list. The minimum period of placement on the list is 1 day, and the maximum period is 3 consecutive days, during which time the player may not be with the club. The player may be replaced with another player who is eligible under the Rules. But once the maximum period of placement on the list expires, the player who has been placed on leave must be added back to the roster—even if he has not yet returned to the club—and the player who replaced the player must be dropped.

There is a provision that allows the player to be transferred from the Postseason Paternity Leave List to a Postseason Bereavement/Family Medical Emergency List if something goes wrong, but fortunately as we understand things, everything is fine with Hudson, his wife, and their baby. Assuming that is true, here is how it shakes out for the Nationals:

  • Daniel Hudson will not be on the Roster for Game 1 of the NLCS
  • Wander Suero has been the designated player to replace Hudson on the roster
  • Hudson could return for Game 2 on Saturday, and if he does, Suero will be dropped
  • Again, assuming everything is fine with Hudson’s wife and child, Hudson must be restored to the roster and Suero must be dropped from the roster on October 14th (after 3 calendar days). This means that Hudson will be on the roster for Game 3 of the NLCS in Washington, D.C. and Suero will not, and is this will be true regardless of whether Hudson has returned to the team.