TORONTO — There were a few surprises on the Orioles' roster for the wild-card game. Vance Worley, who had been with the team throughout the regular season was off the roster and Brian Duensing was on it.
“I hate telling Worley that he’s not — we wouldn’t be here without the job that he’s done,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Worley often came in during the early innings of a game where the Orioles starter got off to a rocky start, but in this case, Dylan Bundy and Ubaldo Jimenez will be in the bullpen if Chris Tillman needs some help.
“We felt like we had enough length,” Showalter said about Worley’s exclusion.
“We felt like all of a sudden if Chris warms up and turns an ankle, we’ve got to have someone who can start a game.”
Duensing was chosen even though he only pitched 14 games, but was effective in September. Along with Donnie Hart, he gives the Orioles a second situational left-hander.
“We felt there might be something matchup-wise there, and we also feel like he can turn some switch-hitters around,” Showalter said.
Trey Mancini is one of the least experienced players on a major league postseason roster, with just five games played. His inclusion was a bit of a surprise.
“Trey gives us, we think, a weapon off the bench against a left-handed hitter. You might have to make two moves to get the matchup you want,” Showalter said.
If the Orioles win and advance to the Division Series, they’ll have a different roster.
“I can't tell you that it was easy or clear-cut, and I'm not going to try to insult your intelligence with that, but we just felt like with some of the matchups that might present itself, like we would have had probably a different roster if we hadn't been playing Toronto,” Showalter said.
NOTES: Teams will have two replay challenges instead of one. … The Rogers Centre roof is open for the first time for a postseason game.