Astros, Phillies make minor roster changes ahead of World Series

HOUSTON — The Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies made only minor changes from their championship series rosters for their World Series rosters ahead of Game 1 on Friday night.

Houston added left-hander reliever Will Smith, who was left off the roster for the first two rounds of the playoffs. The 33-year-old Smith was acquired in a trade with the Braves this summer, was in seven playoff series and helped Atlanta win a World Series over the Astros last season.

Houston took right-hander Seth Martinez, who did not pitch in the American League Championship Series, off the roster to make room for Smith.

The Phillies added a utility player Nick Matton and reliever Nick Nelson to the roster and took utility player Dalton Guthrie and right-hander Bailey Falter off.

Maton was on the wild-card roster but did not play in the series against St. Louis. The left-handed hitter is the brother of Houston reliever Phil Maton, who is out for the season after breaking a pinkie finger punching a locker after giving up a hit to his brother in the team’s regular-season finale.

Guthrie took Maton’s place on the National League Division Series and NLCS rosters but had only one appearance as a pinch runner against the Braves in the division series.

Nelson was on the NLDS roster but did not appear in a game.

Falter started Game 4 of the NLCS, giving up three hits and four runs in two-thirds of an inning in his postseason debut.

Houston’s roster has 13 pitchers, two catchers, eight infielders and three outfielders.

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The Phillies have 13 pitchers, two catchers, six infielders and five outfielders.

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