John Lackey, Justin Wilson on Cubs' NLDS roster; Hector Rondon out

The Chicago Cubs' roster for the National League Division Series features pitchers John Lackey and Justin Wilson and outfielder Leonys Martin but not reliever Hector Rondon.

The roster, released Friday morning, has 11 pitchers and 14 position players.

Manager Joe Maddon said the biggest decision involved keeping Wilson over Rondon. Wilson has limited Nationals slugger Daniel Murphy hitless in six at-bats with three strikeouts.

"Of course (Rondon) didn’t like it but was not disrespectful at all," Maddon said. "He understood in a sense. Like anyone else, he was disappointed, and I don’t blame him for being disappointed. He’s been pitching well as of late, and it was not an easy decision.

"A lot was based on (the Nationals) and what they look like."

Lackey will be used as a reliever if Jake Arrieta is healthy enough to pitch Game 4, if necessary. Martin joined the organization shortly before the Aug. 31 deadline for players to be eligible for their playoff roster.

Lackey, 38, has made only two relief appearances in his career. But Lackey will fill the long relief role held by left-hander Mike Montgomery, who will now shift to a specialist's role.

"If something bad happens early or extra innings, we can deploy Monty whenever we want because now we have John," Maddon said.

Rondon, a member of the Cubs' past two postseason rosters, had a 4.24 ERA in 61 appearances. Fellow reliever Justin Grimm, who shuttled between Triple-A Iowa and the Cubs, also was left off the playoff roster.

Here's the Cubs' roster:

PITCHERS

Kyle Hendricks

Jon Lester

Jose Quintana

Jake Arrieta

Wade Davis

Pedro Strop

Carl Edwards Jr.

Mike Montgomery

Brian Duensing

John Lackey

Justin Wilson

CATCHERS

Willson Contreras

Alex Avila

INFIELDERS

Anthony Rizzo

Javier Baez

Addison Russell

Kris Bryant

Tommy La Stella

Ben Zobrist

OUTFIELDERS

Jason Heyward

Jon Jay

Kyle Schwarber

Albert Almora Jr.

Ian Happ

Leonys Martin

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