The playoffs are coming up next week, which starts the discussion of playoff rosters. If you're unfamiliar with the rules for selecting a playoff roster, you can read James Santelli's article here. The key points are:

1. A player had to be on the 25-man roster, the 15-day or 60-day DL on August 31st to be eligible.

2. Any player on the DL on August 31st who is also on the DL during the playoffs can be replaced by anyone who was in the organization on August 31st (commonly referred to as "flex spots").

3. The Pirates have four flex spots: Phil Irwin, Jeff Karstens, Michael McKenry, and Wandy Rodriguez. That means they can roster four guys who weren't on the active roster, but were in the organization on August 31st.

Here is a list of players who are eligible for the playoff rost...

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