Dodgers’ Justin Ruggiano, Joel Peralta make roster for NL Division Series

first_imgHe might not have made the roster without a hand injury to Scott Van Slyke, who is out for the series.Pitcher Joel Peralta also took a long and winding road to the Dodgers’ NLDS roster. The 39-year-old right-hander had a 5.40 ERA on Sept. 1, but rebounded with a strong final month.“I feel better now than I did at the start of the season,” Peralta said. “I took the last two weeks like a tryout.”Peralta passed by not allowing a run in six of his eight appearances to end the season, striking out 11 batters while allowing just four hits in nine innings.Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said that Peralta “has stuff to get lefties and righties out, which is really important with the Mets’ lineup.” His inclusion on the roster means that Juan Nicasio, who had a 3.86 ERA in 53 relief appearances this season, is out. The 29-year-old right-hander struggled at the end of the season, allowing 16 hits and eight runs over his final eight innings.“I can’t control the decision,” Nicasio said. “I can’t say anything. I’ll keep go working hard.”Start times announcedMajor League Baseball announced the start times for the remainder of every first-round series.Game 3 between the Dodgers and Mets will begin at 5:07 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, unless both American League Series (Kansas City vs. Houston and Toronto-Texas) go to a Game 4. In that case, both AL games would be played earlier in the day and the Dodgers’ game would begin at 5:37 p.m.Game 4 on Tuesday, and Game 5 on Thursday, would both begin at 5:07 p.m.TBS holds the television rights to the entire National League playoffs.Collins thanks DodgersNew York Mets manager Terry Collins has the Dodgers to thank for launching his managing career, a fact he recited quickly in his remarks to the media Thursday. His first job came with the 1981 Lodi Dodgers, then the club’s Single-A affiliate“I’m sitting in this chair because of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Bill Schweppe, who was our minor league director when I was a player here,” Collins said. “For some unknown reason he liked me. He should have released me a dozen times and he kept me around, gave me my first job in managing the minor leagues. … I learned everything here.” Justin Ruggiano called making the Dodgers’ National League Division Series roster a “dream come true” on Thursday. The 33-year-old outfielder has never appeared in a playoff game in seven seasons with the Rays, Marlins, Cubs and Mariners.He wasn’t even in the major leagues when the Dodgers got him in a trade with the Seattle Mariners in August.“When you’re in Triple-A in Tacoma you don’t foresee this type of situation happening,” Ruggiano said Thursday. “What sweetens the whole deal is that this is the team that drafted me.”The Dodgers drafted Ruggiano in 2004 and traded him to the Rays in 2006 when he was still in Double-A. A platoon specialist, Ruggiano batted .291 while facing almost entirely left-handed pitching in September and October.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img