Wild cards: Phils’ Lorenzen out, Rangers’ Bush in


PHILADELPHIA — Michael Lorenzen, Byron Buxton, Johnny Cueto and Jonathan Hernandez were among the players left off rosters for wild-card series that started Tuesday, while the Texas Rangers made the surprise inclusion of former top draft pick Matt Bush.

The Minnesota Twins included Carlos Correa and rookie Royce Lewis along with right-hander Chris Paddack, who made a pair relief appearances last week in his return from Tommy John surgery. Correa hasn’t played since Sept. 18 because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot, and Lewis has been sidelined since straining his left hamstring Sept. 19.

Outfielder Jose Siri made Tampa Bay’s roster after missing the final three weeks with a broken hand.

Milwaukee dropped first baseman Rowdy Tellez, who homered twice in the 2021 postseason but slumped this season.

Lorenzen, 31, no-hit Washington on Aug. 9. The right-hander then went 2-2 with a 7.96 ERA in his next five starts and was dropped from the Phillies’ rotation. His last four appearances were out of the bullpen.

Wes Wilson, a 29-year-old infielder who made his debut in August and played in eight games, was included on the 26-man roster against the Miami Marlins as a right-handed bat off the bench.

Cueto was dropped by the Marlins after going 1-4 with a 6.02 ERA in only 52⅓ innings. Miami included 23-year-old left-hander Ryan Weathers, acquired from San Diego on Aug. 1.

Correa said Monday he is good to go for the series against Toronto. Buxton hasn’t played since Aug. 1 and was limited to DH duty this year because of knee trouble. Rookie Andrew Stevenson was included over Jordan Luplow as a reserve outfielder.

Lewis could be a Twins designated hitter against Toronto, with Jorge Polanco playing third base and Edouard Julien at second base.

Paddack had Tommy John surgery May 18, 2022, and while a candidate for the rotation next season, he is expected to add bullpen depth in October. Starting pitcher Bailey Ober was left off, with Pablo Lopez, Sonny Gray and likely Joe Ryan starting if there’s a Game 3. Kenta Maeda has been recalibrated for relief work.

Toronto kept 14 position players and dropped catcher Danny Jansen, who broke his right middle finger Sept. 1. Tyler Heineman is the backup to Alejandro Kirk. Rookie Cam Eden, who played in five games after a late-season call-up for his major league debut, is the fourth outfielder and a pinch running option.

Hyun-Jin Ryu, who made his season debut Aug. 1 after returning from Tommy John elbow surgery, was left off the roster with Kevin Gausman and Jose Berrios lined up for the first two games and either Chris Bassitt or Yusei Kikuchi available to start Game 3 if it’s necessary.

Texas said Hernández has a right shoulder injury and included Bush, who hasn’t pitched a big league game since June 30 for Milwaukee. The right-handed Bush, 37, is the only player on the Rangers’ roster who was also part of the 2016 team that was swept by the Rays. That was the rookie season for Bush, which came 12 years after he was drafted — the longest gap for an overall No. 1 pick to make his debut — and after the period when Bush had several alcohol-related incidents even before a near-fatal accident and time in prison.

Bush missed all of the 2019 and 2020 seasons with Texas after twice having surgery. He had surgery in 2018 to repair and reinforce the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in hopes of avoiding Tommy John surgery.

When that didn’t work, he had Tommy John surgery in 2019. It was the second time the 2004 No. 1 overall draft pick had that ligament replacement surgery. The first was in 2007, soon after being converted from shortstop to pitcher by his hometown San Diego Padres.

Siri had been sidelined since his right hand was broken by a pitch from Minnesota’s Dylan Floro on Sept. 11. Siri hit .222 with 25 homers and 56 RBIs for the Rays.

Top prospect Junior Caminero, a 20-year-old infielder who was called up in late September, was included for the best-of-three series against Texas after hitting .235 with one homer and seven RBIs in seven games.

Outfielder Luke Raley was left off the roster. He has not played since Sept. 20 because of a cervical strain.

Tellez hit 35 homers for Milwaukee in 2022 but batted just .215 this season and has homered just once since May 22. His playing time started to dip after the Brewers acquired first baseman Carlos Santana and outfielder/designated hitter Mark Canha at the trade deadline.

Rookie outfielder Garrett Mitchell also was left off the roster against Arizona. The Brewers’ starting center fielder to open the year, he played three games last week after returning from an April shoulder injury.

Outfielder/designated hitter Jesse Winker was included. He hasn’t played a major league game since July 24 and hit just .199 with one homer in 197 plate appearances, though he had a .962 OPS in 23 games with Triple-A Nashville.

Utility player Owen Miller and rookie outfielder Joey Wiemer, who both ended the regular season in the minors, are on the roster.

Arizona left off utility player Jace Peterson, who hit .183 with nine RBIs after he was acquired from Oakland, but did include outfielder/first baseman Pavin Smith, who hasn’t played for the Diamondbacks since Sept. 11. Arizona omitted left-hander Kyle Nelson, who allowed nine runs over his last 7⅓ innings, and did take right-hander Bryce Jarvis, who debuted Aug. 14 and went 2-1 with a 3.04 ERA in 11 appearances.

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