Mariners Wild Card roster: 12 pitchers, 14 position players

The Seattle Mariners will field 12 pitchers and 14 positional players for the best-of-three AL wildcard series.

TORONTO, ON — The Toronto Blue Jays have 13 pitchers and 13 position players on their roster for the wildcard series against the Seattle Mariners, including former Seattle All-Star left-hander Yusei Kikuchi, who lost his spot in the rotation this season.

The Mariners wear 12 pitchers and 14 position players for the best-of-three series beginning Friday afternoon in Toronto. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:07 p.m. PDT.

Infielder Santiago Espinal was in Toronto’s roster despite not playing since September 21 due to a strained left slash, but outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. did not. Gurriel has not played since September 7 due to a muscle strain in his left thigh.

Blue Jays interim manager John Schneider said Gurriel was healthy enough to score but would not have been able to manage bases.

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“It was tough with Guri because he’s a big part of what we do and who we are,” said Schneider. “The hope is that you keep playing and he’s most likely ready for an extended five-game streak in Houston.”

Both teams have three catchers, including Blue Jays regulars Danny Jansen and Alejandro Kirk. Toronto’s third catcher, rookie Gabriel Moreno, also played infield and outfield in the regular-season finals in Baltimore earlier this week.

Seattle’s three catchers are Cal Raleigh, Curt Casali and Luis Torrens.

The Blue Jays have six infielders and four outfielders, including 2017 World Series MVP with Houston George Springer and 2018 ALCS MVP for Boston Jackie Bradley Jr.

Kikuchi’s inclusion meant the Blue Jays had no room for fast outfielder Bradley Zimmer.

Toronto has four starting pitchers, including Game 1 starter Alek Manoah, as well as right-handers Kevin Gausman, José Berríos and Ross Stripling.

Seattle’s starting pitchers include right-hander Luis Castillo, who will start Game 1, as well as left-hander Robbie Ray, the Game 2 starter, and right-hander Logan Gilbert, the scheduled Game 3 starter. Mariners Wild Card roster: 12 pitchers, 14 position players

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