Yes, he’s settled on a starter for Friday, but hasn’t announced it yet.
Yes, he knows pretty much which way he is leaning for his roster, but he wanted to talk to some of his players during the workout first.
He said he’s still kicking around 10 or 11 pitchers. He wouldn’t go into specifics, but in that scenario you have to figure Jimmy Paredes or Quintin Berry has made it. And if he takes 10 pitchers, then both have likely made it (Alexi Casilla and Steve Clevenger are here for the workout, but they remain long shots).
Rookie Kevin Gausman has been told he will be in the bullpen, as Eduardo A. Encina reported today, so a couple of the relievers that have been with the team most of the year (Brian Matusz, Brad Brach and T.J. McFarland) are in jeopardy of losing their spots.
Showalter recognized that speed could be a huge factor in the playoffs – as it was Tuesday night when the Kansas City Royals started a track meet to beat the Oakland A’s in the AL Wild Card playoff – but he didn’t give a clue as to whether Berry, a pinch-running specialist, makes the club.
Showalter's not alone in keeping his roster close to the vest. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus hasn't announced his yet, either.
The big question for Detroit is whether speedy outfielder Rajai Davis (groin/pelvic strain) will be able to play. The rosters don't have to be submitted to the league office until 10 a.m. Thursday.
Two other things: Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson was at the park on Showalter’s invitation and he spoke briefly to the team. Showalter said Robinson could be back later in the playoffs. Pro golfer Paul Azinger spoke to the team on Tuesday at Showalter’s urging.