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Glaus makes play-off roster

Despite the fact that he had less than 30 at bats over the course of the 2009 season -- not to mention the fact that he hit .172 over that span without a homer -- Troy Glaus has made the Cardinals post season roster, according to the Associated Press.

Glaus will come off the bench, backing up Mark DeRosa, who was acquired from the Indians to play third base when it became apparent that Glaus wasn't going to be able to make a significant contribution during the regular season.

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Cardinals third baseman Troy Glaus leaps to make a catch at third base Sunday against the Brewers. Althought Mark DeRosa will be the starter at the hot corner during the playoffs, Glaus has been included on the roster as a bench guy.

His addition to the roster has less to do with Glaus' success than it has to do with the weakness of the St. Louis bench. He's basically filling the spot of shortstop/third baseman Khalil Greene who hit .202 in between bouts of inactivity due to social anxiety disorder. The other choices were career minor leaguers like Tyler Greene or David Freese. Joe Thurston, who spent a lot of time at third before the DeRosa pickup also will be active this post season, largely because of his versatility.

Both John Smoltz and Kyle Lohse made the post season roster. Officially, they're there as relievers. But we'll see what happens if an when the series gets to game four.

Check back Tuesday for the complete playoff roster and a breakdown of the Cardinals-Dodgers NLDS matchup.