DETROIT -- Pat Neshek, the relief pitcher whose infant son, Gehrig, died Wednesday, a day after he was born, was named to the Oakland A's 25-man active roster Saturday for the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers.
Neshek rejoined the team in Detroit on Friday but it was unclear whether he would be activated . The A's had 28 players at their first Comerica Field workout, but the A's elected to go with Neshek over right-hander Jim Miller, who made the trip but won't be eligible for the series.
Neshek said Friday it was his wife, Stephanee, who suggested they fly from their home in Florida and join the A's
"We were locked up in the house," Neshek said, speaking slowly to keep himself composed. "You could sit there all day. I can imagine that's what hell is like. It was tough, but seeing a lot of the support from guys, other players around baseball, fans of baseball, it really helped us.
"If nothing else, we kind of wanted to do it my son's honor to come back."
Gehrig died Wednesday just 23 hours after he was born. The Nesheks still don't know the cause of death, but they're having an autopsy performed. Neshek left the team Monday to be with his wife. She gave birth Tuesday.
The other notable addition to the ALDS roster was left-handed pitcher Brett Anderson, who is recovering from an oblique strain. Anderson replaced rookie Dan Straily on the roster and prospectively could start a game when the series returns to Oakland. Jarrod Parker and Tommy Milone will start the first two games in Detroit.
Here is the full Oakland 25-man roster for the ALDS:
Pitchers: Brett Anderson, Grant Balfour, Travis Blackley, Jerry Blevins, Ryan Cook, Pedro Figueroa, Sean Doolittle, A.J. Griffin, Tommy Milone, Pat Neshek, Jarrod Parker, Evan Scribner.
Catchers: George Kottaras, Derek Norris.
Infielders: Chris Carter, Josh Donaldson, Stephen Drew, Brandon Moss, Adam Rosales, Cliff Pennington.
Outfielders: Coco Crisp, Jonny Gomes, Josh Reddick, Yoenis Cespedes, Seth Smith.