ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers have not made any roster decisions, but general manager Jon Daniels acknowledged Wednesday that the club could look to increase its pitchers from the 11 they carried in the AL Division Series when they set the roster for the AL Championship Series.
"In a five-game series, it's a little easier to go with the extra position player," Daniels said. "In a seven-game series, we might go with 12 [pitchers]. We haven't made that call yet. How often do all 25 guys get used in any series? It's rare. But we will talk to our advance scouts depending on who we play and then sit down as a staff and make that call."
That means Darren O'Day, Michael Kirkman and Yoshinori Tateyama could be considered for spots on the ALCS roster. O'Day was on the playoff roster for all three rounds in 2010, but was on the 60-day disabled list in early this season after surgery to repair a partial tear of the labrum in his left hip and then went back to the minors to work on his mechanics. He also went on the DL with right shoulder inflammation in late August. O'Day pitched better in September and could give the club a right-hander with a deceptive delivery for specific situations.
Tateyama was one of the club's best relievers in July and August, but ran into troubles in September, giving up six runs in 2 1/3 innings in four games. He could give the club someone who could pitch to specific right-handed batters. He held righties to a .189 average this season.
Kirkman, a lefty, could be another long man to join Scott Feldman if the club felt that was needed.
One pitcher that isn't likely to be considered is Mark Lowe. Manager Ron Washington said he didn't believe Lowe was likely to be ready for the ALCS with his balky hamstring.
The club has until Saturday morning to set the roster.
* The Rangers will work out on Thursday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and then wait to see who they play. If it's the Yankees, they'll work out in Arlington on Friday morning and then fly to New York. If it's Detroit, they'll likely work out some time Friday afternoon.