Josh H. Smith on, Duran off Rangers' Wild Card roster

October 3rd, 2023

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rangers announced their roster for the American League Wild Card Series against the Rays ahead of Game 1 on Tuesday.

Utilityman was left off the roster, while the club decided to carry three catchers in , and . The 24-year-old is hitting .190 in his last 15 games, but his playing time has deteriorated since Corey Seager’s return to the infield from injury and Evan Carter’s call-up in the outfield.

On the pitching side, being left off was the biggest surprise after he pitched well down the stretch, with a 2.89 ERA over his last seven outings. The Rangers announced that the right-hander is down with a right lat strain, an injury that manager Bruce Bochy said was sustained during Game 162, when Hernández tossed one perfect inning with two strikeouts in Texas’ 1-0 loss to Seattle.

Bochy added that Hernández isn’t likely to be available for the potential Division Series.

Rookie Grant Anderson, who hasn’t pitched in a big league game since Aug. 25, replaces Hernández in the bullpen.

Below is a listing of the Rangers’ 26-man Wild Card roster:

Pitchers (13)

Grant Anderson, RHP
Brock Burke, LHP
Matt Bush, RHP
Aroldis Chapman, LHP
Dane Dunning, RHP
Nathan Eovaldi, RHP
Andrew Heaney, LHP
José Leclerc, RHP
Jordan Montgomery, LHP
Martín Pérez, LHP
Josh Sborz, RHP
Will Smith, LHP
Chris Stratton, RHP

Position Players (13)

Evan Carter, OF
Adolis García, OF
Mitch Garver, C
Robbie Grossman, OF
Austin Hedges, C
Jonah Heim, C
Travis Jankowski, OF
Josh Jung, 3B
Nathaniel Lowe 1B
Corey Seager, SS
Marcus Semien, 2B
Josh Smith, INF
Leody Taveras, OF