10/09/2002 7:40 pm ET
MLBeat: Roster move from A to Z
Zerbe replaces Aybar on Giants' LCS roster
By Josh Rawitch / MLB.com
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals opted not to add former Giant Wilson Delgado to their 25-man roster, but with five left-handed batters that was still enough to cause a change in San Francisco's list of eligible players. Prior to the start of the National League Championship Series, the
Giants activated left-handed reliever Chad Zerbe and took right-hander Manny Aybar off the roster.
"They've got a lot of left-handers and I reiterate it had nothing to do with that one-game performance," said manager Dusty Baker of Aybar's Game 3 outing in which he allowed five runs to score on two pitches. "They're a lot more left-handed than the team we just played, the Braves."
San Francisco considered adding another left-handed bat to its roster, but Marvin Benard is not considered "game ready" because he has not played since undergoing knee surgery in early July. Damon Minor, who at 6 feet, 7 inches and 230 pounds is nicknamed Tiny, was also considered.
"If we had 'Tiny,' the only thing is if he doesn't hit the ball out of the park, in a close game I'd have to burn somebody else to run for him," said Baker.
Who needs a manager? With the Giants in the NLCS, one person who will be more visible to a national audience is Giants bench coach Ron Wotus. The former big-league infielder posted a .575 winning percentage (555-411) as a skipper in seven minor league seasons, and with so many managerial openings in the Majors, his name could come up as a candidate.
"My main focus is to win ballgames and that's really all I'm focused on at this point," said Wotus, who interviewed prior to the 2001 season for the Pirates job that eventually was given to Lloyd McClendon. "Everything else is out of my control, what other people say, the recognition or the fact that you're more visible.
"There's no question about it that I'd like to manage, but you know that's really the extent of it because the rest of it is out of my control. I'd love the opportunity and certainly look forward to speaking with the clubs if they had interest."
Josh Rawitch is a reporter for MLB.com and can be reached at email@example.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.