Postseason roster decisions will be tough

Postseason roster decisions will be tough

Postseason roster decisions will be tough
ARLINGTON -- Both reliever Michael Gonzalez and catcher Matt Treanor will be eligible for the playoffs. They won't join the Rangers until Thursday, but they were acquired before Wednesday's waiver deadline, so that makes them eligible for the club's postseason roster.

The Rangers will have some tough decisions for that roster if they do make the playoffs, especially when it comes to pitching. They have 13 pitchers on their active roster, plus Gonzalez on his way and Darren O'Day on the 15-day disabled list.

The Rangers will likely go with an 11-man pitching staff in the playoffs, because they will need only four starting pitchers. That means one of the starters will likely join the bullpen. Derek Holland pitched out of the bullpen during the playoffs last season.

That means the Rangers would be choosing six relievers out of a group of 10 that consists of closer Neftali Feliz, right-handers Koji Uehara, Mike Adams, Mark Lowe and Yoshinori Tateyama, left-handers Darren Oliver and Gonzalez, long relievers Scott Feldman and Mark Hamburger, and O'Day.

An 11-man pitching staff would mean 14 position players. Right now, the Rangers have at least 16 position players eligible for postseason. They will likely take only one utility infielder: either Andres Blanco or Omar Quintanilla. The other big decision will likely be if they take a third catcher or an extra outfielder.