OAKLAND -- The Rangers have met and discussed the possible makeup of the postseason roster. Manager Ron Washington does not want to discuss it publicly before they clinch, fearing swift retribution from the baseball gods.
But there are clues. The Rangers took a 7-1 lead into the ninth inning on Tuesday night and with a rested bullpen, left-hander Michael Kirkman was sent into pitch. Washington admitted the Rangers wanted to take a look at him.
Kirkman, despite being in Triple-A most of the season, is a candidate for the postseason roster, especially if the Rangers carry eight relievers. There are others and no decisions have been made.
An eight-man bullpen would likely include closer Neftali Feliz, right-handers Mark Lowe, Koji Uehara and Mike Adams, and left-handers Darren Oliver and Michael Gonzalez. It would also include one starter not in the postseason rotation, possibly right-hander Alexi Ogando.
Kirkman could be attractive as a third left-hander in the bullpen. The Rangers will also look at three right-handers: Scott Feldman, Darren O'Day and Yoshinori Tateyama. All could contribute in different ways. Feldman's primary advantage over the others is being able to pitch multiple innings.
The Rangers are mulling all possibilities.