Daily Distractions: Why isn’t Chris Capuano on the Dodgers’ NLCS roster?

Chris Capuano

Chris Capuano walked three batters but didn’t allow a run in Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Braves, earning the victory in his only postseason appearance. (Associated Press photo)

Five days ago, Chris Capuano said he “really had no idea” that he was going to be on the Dodgers’ roster for the National League Division Series.

“You have Carlos Marmol who’s just throwing the ball fantastic, you’ve got Brandon League, you’ve got Edinson Volquez, you’ve got some real power arms,” Capuano said. “It was exciting for me to have a chance to contribute.”

At the time, Capuano reeked of false modesty. He had just pitched three scoreless innings in relief of Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lasted just three innings in his MLB postseason debut. The veteran left-hander is the only pitcher not named Clayton Kershaw to win a game for the Dodgers this postseason. He validated manager Don Mattingly‘s faith in Capuano and his health — he missed three weeks in September with a strained groin — and seemed to have earned his keep as a long reliever for any similar situations in the National League Championship Series.

Why, then, was Capuano left off the Dodgers’ NLCS roster Friday morning?
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Dodgers announce National League Championship Series roster.

Right-handed pitchers Edinson Volquez and Carlos Marmol are replacing left-handers Paco Rodriguez and Chris Capuano on the Dodgers’ roster for the National League Championship Series, submitted to the league this morning.

Here are the 11 pitchers and 14 position players on the roster:

Pitchers (11)                                                    Position Players (14)

RHP Ronald Belisario                                   OF Carl Crawford

RHP Zack Greinke                                         C A.J. Ellis

LHP J.P. Howell                                             2B Mark Ellis

RHP Kenley Jansen                                      OF Andre Ethier

LHP Clayton Kershaw                                   C Tim Federowicz

RHP Carlos Marmol                                        1B Adrian Gonzalez

RHP Ricky Nolasco                                       IF Dee Gordon

LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu                                           OF Yasiel Puig

RHP Edinson Volquez                                     IF Nick Punto

RHP Brian Wilson                                          SS Hanley Ramirez

RHP Chris Withrow                                        IF/OF Skip Schumaker

                                                                         3B Juan Uribe

                                                                          IF/OF Scott Van Slyke
                                                                          IF Michael Young

Dodgers facing plenty of questions for National League Championship Series roster spots.

Dee Gordon

Dee Gordon’s contribution to the Dodgers’ first-round series against the Atlanta Braves was an unsuccessful stolen base attempt in the ninth inning of Game 2. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff photographer)

Don’t expect any National League Championship Series roster announcements from the Dodgers this afternoon.

The team has scheduled a simulated game for 5 p.m. this afternoon at Dodger Stadium. Since it’s expected to rain the rest of the afternoon, there is a chance they will work out indoors. There are more television screens inside, so that might not be a bad thing.

That’s because 5 p.m. is also the scheduled start time for Game 5 of the Division Series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals. If the Cardinals win, Game 1 of the NLCS is Friday in St. Louis. If the Pirates win, Game 1 is Friday in Los Angeles.

And until a winner is determined, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly isn’t likely to commit to the 25 men he wants for the next round.
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