#Cubs set NLDS roster
The Cubs will carry 11 pitchers and 14 position players on the National League Division Series roster, announced Friday. The only change from the NL Wild Card roster is that pitcher Jason Hammel was added and outfielder Quintin Berry removed.
Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the best of five NLDS against the Cardinals on Friday, and be followed by Kyle Hendricks (8-7, 3.95 ERA) in Game 2 on Saturday and Jake Arrieta (22-6, 1.77 ERA) in Game 3 on Monday at Wrigley Field.
Hammel could start Game 4, which would be played at Wrigley Field on Tuesday if necessary. Manager Joe Maddon said the right-hander, who went 10-7 with a 3.74 ERA this season, will be in the bullpen for the first two games of the series.
Besides Lester, Hendricks, Arrieta and Hammel, the Cubs pitchers on the NLDS roster include lefties Clayton Richard and Travis Wood, and right-handers Pedro Strop, Justin Grimm, Trevor Cahill, Hector Rondon and Fernando Rodney.
The position players include David Ross, Miguel Montero, Chris Coghlan, Javier Baez, Tommy La Stella, Kyle Schwarber, Starlin Castro, Chris Denorfia, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Dexter Fowler, Austin Jackson, Anthony Rizzo and Jorge Soler.
That list includes four rookies in Schwarber, Bryant, Russell and Soler.
Berry spent most of this season with the Red Sox’s Triple-A Pawtucket team and signed a Minor League contract with the Cubs in August. He appeared in eight games with the Cubs, and was projected as a possible speedster off the bench. He was 26-for-27 in stolen base attempts, and caught stealing while with the Cubs on Sept. 20 against the Cardinals.
— Carrie Muskat