Braves have 16 position players on w-card roster

The Atlanta Braves had 16 position players on their roster for

Friday’s wild-card game against St. Louis and kept three starting

pitchers active.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he wanted to have Tim Hudson and

Mike Minor available in case starter Kris Medlen had unexpected

problems in the bullpen.

Right-hander Cristhian Martinez, who appeared in 54 games and

often was effective in long relief, was not on the 25-man roster.

Joining closer Craig Kimbrel in the bullpen were left-handers Luis

Avilan, Eric O’Flaherty and Jonny Venters and right-handers Chad

Durbin and Cory Gearrin.

Catcher David Ross was expected to start instead of Brian

McCann, who has a sore shoulder and sore knee. A third catcher,

J.C. Boscan, also was on the roster.

The roster included eight infielders and five outfielders.