The Nationals' finalized roster for the National League Division Series includes only seven relievers but six bench players, not to mention several notable names left out altogether.
For their best-of-five series with the Dodgers, the Nationals opted to carry only 11 total pitchers. That leaves a seven-man bullpen of closer Mark Melancon; right-handers Shawn Kelley, Blake Treinen and Reynaldo Lopez; and left-handers Marc Rzepczynski, Sammy Solis and Oliver Perez.
The six-man bench will feature catcher Jose Lobaton; infielders Stephen Drew, Wilmer Difo and Clint Robinson; and outfielders Chris Heisey and Michael A. Taylor. Taylor's inclusion came as a surprise, given the fact he had been dealing with a swollen left thumb and was not a full participant in Wednesday's workout at Nationals Park.
Here's the full 25-man roster...
PITCHERS (11): Max Scherzer, Tanner Roark, Gio Gonzalez, Joe Ross, Mark Melancon, Shawn Kelley, Blake Treinen, Reynaldo Lopez, Marc Rzepczynski, Sammy Solis, Oliver Perez
CATCHERS (2): Pedro Severino, Jose Lobaton
INFIELDERS (6): Ryan Zimmerman, Daniel Murphy, Danny Espinosa, Anthony Rendon, Stephen Drew, Wilmer Difo, Clint Robinson
OUTFIELDERS (5): Jayson Werth, Trea Turner, Bryce Harper, Chris Heisey, Michael A. Taylor