The Yankees officially announced their full ALDS roster ahead of Game One tonight versus the Red Sox. The roster is largely similar to the one New York trotted out against the Athletics in the Wild Card Game, but there are a couple of small changes as the Yankees prepare to play a full series.
Kyle Higashioka is off the roster, as the Yankees won’t carry three catchers for the ALDS. CC Sabathia, obviously, is back on the roster, most likely to start a potential Game Four at Yankee Stadium. Those moves were easy to anticipate.
Also coming off the roster is Tyler Wade. Wade was mostly included for the Wild Card as a possible pinch-runner. The Yankees instead opted for another reliever, young left-hander Stephen Tarpley. They will carry a total of 12 pitchers and 13 position players.
Greg Bird, notably, is off the roster. So too is Sonny Gray, as Lance Lynn will assume the role of emergency long reliever. Neither development is shocking at this point, but imagine telling a Yankee fan before the season that Bird and Gray would hardly have a chance to make the postseason roster.
Here’s the full roster:
The Yankees announce their roster for the 2018 ALDS vs. Boston. pic.twitter.com/pwfXpGGFwX— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) October 5, 2018
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