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The Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays have revealed their 25-man rosters for their American League Division Series showdown, a highly anticipated rematch of last year’s epic playoff battle that’ll get underway Thursday afternoon at Globe Life Park.
The Rangers’ roster notably includes veteran outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, the 34-year-old Korea native less than two months removed from forearm surgery. Choo, who went 2-for-12 in the final three contests of the regular season after spending the previous six weeks on the disabled list, appeared in only 48 games this year, managing a .756 OPS with seven home runs while also battling calf, hamstring, and back injuries.
“Choo is in a good place right now,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister told MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan on Wednesday. “I think he answered the question three games in a row, outfield, where his body is. He is in shape, his legs are good. Felt like the at-bats had some rhythm and timing.”
Derek Holland and Delino DeShields were among the notable players omitted from the roster. Here’s how it breaks down:
Tony Barnette, Matt Bush, Alex Claudio, Yu Darvish, Jake Diekman, Sam Dyson, Cole Hamels, Jeremy Jeffress, Keone Kela, Colby Lewis, Martin Perez
Robinson Chirinos, Jonathan Lucroy
Elvis Andrus, Adrian Beltre, Mitch Moreland, Rougned Odor, Jurickson Profar
Carlos Beltran, Shin-Soo Choo, Ian Desmond, Carlos Gomez, Jared Hoying, Nomar Mazara, Ryan Rua
Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays’ 25-man roster, meanwhile, features a couple changes from the group that defeated the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 in Tuesday’s American League wild-card game.
Dalton Pompey, who served as Toronto’s pinch-running specialist down the stretch and was on the roster for the wild-card game, won’t play in the division series. He’s been subbed out – along with utility infielder Ryan Goins – to open up spots for Game 2 starter J.A. Happ and Game 3 starter Aaron Sanchez.
Joe Biagini, Brett Cecil, Marco Estrada, Scott Feldman, Jason Grilli, J.A. Happ, Francisco Liriano, Aaron Loup, Roberto Osuna, Aaron Sanchez, Marcus Stroman, Ryan Tepera
Russell Martin, Dioner Navarro
Darwin Barney, Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion, Justin Smoak, Devon Travis, Troy Tulowitzki
Jose Bautista, Ezequiel Carrera, Kevin Pillar, Michael Saunders, Melvin Upton Jr.