The 25 man roster has been set, and it's Brad Nelson that earns that spot that was up for grabs. Sort of a surprise that he was picked over Joe Dillon, but Sveum likes Nelson's power and his experience in the outfield. I don't really disagree with that at all. The other big news is that Ben Sheets, who was still a question mark, also did not make the initial roster. Here's what the Crew is going with as they try to bring home a ring:
Pitchers (12) - RHP Dave Bush, RHP Eric Gagne, RHP Yovani Gallardo, RHP Seth McClung, RHP Guillermo Mota, LHP Manny Parra, LHP CC Sabathia, LHP Brian Shouse, LHP Mitch Stetter, RHP Jeff Suppan, RHP Salomon Torres, RHP Carlos Villanueva
Catchers (2) - Jason Kendall, Mike Rivera
Infielders (7) - Craig Counsell, Ray Durham, Prince Fielder, Bill Hall, J.J. Hardy, Brad Nelson, Rickie Weeks
Outfielders (4) - Ryan Braun, Mike Cameron, Tony Gwynn Jr., Corey Hart
Just because someone may have not have made the playoff roster doesn't mean you won't see them, however. MLB rules allow for six players to suit up as extras in the dugout during the playoffs. For the Brewers, they are RHP Ben Sheets, OF Gabe Kapler, 3B Russell Branyan, C Vinny Rottino, RHP David Riske, and UTIL Joe Dillon.
Guys like Alcides Escobar, Tim Dillard, and Mark DeFelice will also travel with the team, just not in uniform. Todd Coffey decided to ask to join the Brewers for the playoffs even though he is ineligible to play, and his wish was granted.
Meanwhile, Angel Salome has traveled to Arizona for fall ball, and Mike Lamb chose to go home to his wife, who is expecting.
And as reader Jonk pointed out, this is the roster for the NLDS. Should the Brewers advance, changes could be made at that time.
Twenty-three hours until first pitch.