2 Reds players who are startlingly ineligible for the playoff roster and 1 player who is uniquely eligible

There are some specific rules that govern which players are eligible for a team's playoff roster.

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Connor Phillips
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Tejay Antone is uniquely eligible for the Reds playoff roster.

This might actually surprise some people, but Tejay Antone is actually eligible for the Cincinnati Reds playoff roster if the club is fortunate enough to snag one of the final NL Wild Card spots.

Antone is currently on the 15-day IL with tendonitis, but there is optimism around the Reds clubhouse that the right-hander could return before the end of the 2023 season. Antone was removed from a game earlier last week.

Antone missed all of the 2022 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August of 2021. The 29-year-old then suffered a flexor strain before spring training that required rest. Antone began a rehab assignment last month and finally returned to the Reds active roster on September 1st.

The postseason roster rules allow any player who is on the team's 40-man roster or the 60-day IL on the August 31st deadline to be part of the playoff roster. Antone was placed on the 60-day IL prior to the start of the 2023 season.

The Cincinnati Reds could certainly use Tejay Antone back in the bullpen if the team secured a playoff berth in the coming weeks. Of course, he'll need to be healthy, but having Captain Hook in the backend of the Reds bullpen would be an enormous boost for this club if they make it to the postseason.

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