Dan Graziano covered the new rules on this two weeks ago:
A memo that was recently sent to GMs by the commissioner’s office detailed changes in this year’s postseason roster rules. The most significant is that a team now may, with the permission of the commissioner’s office, replace an injured player during the course of a postseason series.
For example, if Roger Clemens were to injure himself pitching in Game 1 of the Yankees’ first-round Division Series, the Yankees could petition the commissioner’s office to replace him with another pitcher for the remainder of the series. Under the old rules, the Yankees would be out of luck, and would have to play with only 24 players until the Division Series ended, at which point they could submit a new 25-man roster for the ALCS.
The new rule has a couple of restrictions:
* The memo says the injury must occur after the roster submission deadline for the series, so a pre-existing condition might not be eligible.
* The team seeking to replace the player must provide the commissioner’s office with all necessary medical information, and the commissioner’s office has the power to accept or reject the appeal.
* If the injured player is a pitcher, his replacement must be another pitcher. And if the injured player is a non-pitcher, he must be replaced by another non-pitcher.
* If a player is replaced, he is ineligible to play in the next series.
The “pre-existing condition” clause may mean that the Yankees are S.O.L. here. Plus, if the Yankees think Clemens can help in the ALCS, should the Yankees get that far, if you take him off the LDS roster, then you lose Rocket for the next round.
But, if Clemens is now cooked for October (and longer?), I think you have to take a shot and try to replace him on the roster. It could be a break to add an arm like Villone who may be able to LOOGY Pronk Hafner in a big spot during Game Four (or Five).
Lefty batters had a BABIP of .230 against Villone in 2007 – and it was .231 in 2006.