PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Takashi Saito, who was the Los Angeles Dodgers' closer until he was injured in July, was left off the team's NL Championship Series submitted Thursday.
The Dodgers replaced Saito with left-handed reliever Kuo Hong-chih when they handed in their 25-player roster ahead of Game 1 of the NL Championship Series, which begins Thursday in Philadelphia. Jonathan Broxton is expected to continue as the Los Angeles closer.
Saito suffered a sprained ligament in his right elbow in July and didn't return to the Dodgers' active roster until the final two weeks of the regular season. He struggled in his only appearance the Dodgers Division Series with the Chicago Cubs, allowing two runs and three hits while not recording an out.
Kuo has also been injured, suffering soreness in his triceps, and wasn't on the Dodgers' NLDS roster. He was 5-3 during the regular season, with a 2.14 earned run average in 42 appearances.