NLDS Roster Announced

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The Dodgers will carry 11 pitchers and 14 position players. The roster is as follows:
Pitchers (11)
Ronald Belisario, RHP  
Chad Billingsley, RHP 
Jonathan Broxton, RHP
Jon Garland, RHP    
Clayton Kershaw, LHP  
Hong-Chih Kuo, LHP      
Vicente Padilla, RHP
George Sherrill, LHP
Ramon Troncoso, RHP
Jeff Weaver, RHP
Randy Wolf, LHP

Catchers (2)
Russell Martin
Brad Ausmus

Infielders (8) 
Ronnie Belliard    
Casey Blake                                         
Juan Castro
Rafael Furcal (S)                                  
Orlando Hudson (S)
James Loney (L)
Mark Loretta
Jim Thome (L)

Outfielders (4)
Andre Ethier (L)
Matt Kemp
Juan Pierre (L)
Manny Ramirez

Quick thoughts:

1) Surprised – pleasantly – to see 11 pitchers rather than 12. With Thome only a pinch-hitter, flexibility would have been strictly limited.

2) Jeff Weaver makes the cut, and James McDonald doesn’t. He was an afterthought down the stretch – just 7.1 innings since August 30th – so it’s a surprise to see him making the squad.

3) We just can’t shake the corpse of Mark Loretta, can we?