Explaining playoff roster eligibility 

September, 3, 2007
Jennifer B., a diehard Cleveland fan and a regular correspondent, asked me for some clarification on players' eligibility for postseason rosters.

I know that playoff roster eligibility is based on the 25-man roster plus 60-day disabled list players plus players on the 15-day DL on Aug. 31. Then before the playoffs begin the playoff roster is set based on those eligible. Once the playoffs have been set if a player becomes disabled he can be replaced by any player from the 40-man roster except that a pitcher must be replaced with a pitcher and a position player with a position player. At least I think that is right.

My question -- there is confusion on the net -- is suppose there are 26 playoff eligibles (the 26th player is a DL position player) in setting the playoff roster: