5:15pm: Rios suffered a groin injury during workouts, manager Dave Roberts told reporters (including Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times).
11:17am: The Dodgers have set their 28-man roster for this week’s NLDS matchup against baseball’s “it” team of 2020, the Padres. Here’s how the roster shakes out:
- Pedro Baéz
- Walker Buehler (Game 1 starter)
- Dylan Floro
- Tony Gonsolin
- Brusdar Graterol
- Kenley Jansen
- Joe Kelly
- Dustin May
- Blake Treinen
The Dodgers are going with a 14-man pitching staff against the Padres in the NLDS. In terms of notable changes, Floro joins the roster as the 14th man in the pen, while Lux slots into the infield mix. Third catcher Keibert Ruiz and infielder Edwin Ríos were removed. Ruiz was little more than a safety blanket for Smith and Barnes, but Rios’ removal from the roster comes as a bit of a surprise after getting the start at designated hitter in game one of the wild card round against the Brewers. Despite being a left-handed batter, Ríos has actually hit southpaws rather well in his career, slashing .304/.370/.783 in a small sample of 27 plate appearances (versus .250/.330/.600 against RHP), hence the start against the lefty Brent Suter. His power certainly is an asset, but Lux brings more to the table as a defender and baserunner. Gore remains on the roster as a pinch-runner.