Blue Jays announce 28-man roster for AL wild-card series vs. Rays

Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins explains what went into the club’s decision to have Rowdy Tellez on the active roster for their series against the Tampa Rays, and why reliever Jordan Romano was left off the roster.

The Toronto Blue Jays announced Tuesday their 28-man active roster for their American League wild-card series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Among the key takeaways are the presence of first baseman and designated hitter Rowdy Tellez, who is recovering from a right knee strain, and the absence of reliever Jordan Romano, who has been sidelined since late August with a finger injury.

Tellez took batting practice Sunday and ran the bases during a workout Saturday, while Romano threw a live batting practice Sunday.

A full breakdown of the roster can be found below:

Infielders:

Bo Bichette
Cavan Biggio
Santiago Espinal
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Joe Panik
Travis Shaw
Rowdy Tellez
Jonathan Villar

Outfielders:

Jonathan Davis
Randal Grichuk
Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
Teoscar Hernandez

Pitchers:

Chase Anderson
Anthony Bass
Ryan Borucki
A.J. Cole
Rafael Dolis
Thomas Hatch
Anthony Kay
Nate Pearson
Robbie Ray
Hyun Jin Ryu
Matt Shoemaker
Ross Stripling
Taijuan Walker

Catchers:

Danny Jansen
Alejandro Kirk
Reese McGuire

The Rays also announced their 28-man roster Tuesday, and rookie left-hander Shane McClanahan was a surprise addition.

McClanahan was a first-round pick in the amateur draft two years ago who pitched at Class A and Double-A in 2019. He joined first baseman Ji-Man Choi and infielder Yandy Diaz, who have been on the injured list, in being added to the active roster before Game 1 of the best-of-three series.

Tampa Bay’s roster includes 13 pitchers, two catchers, seven infielders and six outfielders.

— With files from The Associated Press

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