Scott Rolen has indeed been retained on the active St. Louis roster for the NLCS. ESPN reports that he may be ready as soon as game 3. That leaves the Cardinals thin on the bench for the first few games of the series. Let's see what the consequences of that will be.
Woody Williams will also be active in this series. He is set to start game 2. Luther Hackman was deactivated for this round. My question is how the Cardinals get to retain the services of Jason Simontacchi, who only got to be on the roster because of Williams' injury. Aren't they required to rdeactivate him now that Williams is ready to pitch? Evidently not.
With the Francisco Rodriguez activation and now this, why not just allow teams to employ their 40-man rosters come playoff time and be done with it? I thought the point of playoff roster rules was to have the teams' postseason fortunes tied to the composition of their regular season rosters, not to allow teams to be creative will loopholes.