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Yasiel Puig officially makes Dodgers' NLDS roster

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers released their 25-man roster for the National League Division Series that starts Friday night and, as expected, Yasiel Puig made the cut.

Puig, who missed more than two months with a pair of hamstring injuries this season, told reporters on Tuesday he had been informed he would make the team. Puig figures to be part of a bench that should also include Joc Pederson, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley. The Dodgers think their bench will be a major strength in this series.

The only mild surprise was reliever Juan Nicasio, who did not make the cut after spending the entire season in the Dodgers’ bullpen. Nicasio was 1-3 with a 3.86 ERA. He had a rough September, with batters hitting .457 against him and a 9.00 ERA.

The Dodgers went with veteran Joel Peralta rather than Nicasio. Peralta had a 4.34 ERA, but six of his final eight appearances were scoreless.