Originally Posted by RedEye
But wait, is Hamilton actually going to be called up before midnight on 8/31?
He doesn't need to be. The rule I posted is oversimplified. As I understand it, normally eligible players are guys on the 25 man roster, the major league DL, the major league bereavement list or major league suspended list on Aug 31. If any player who qualifies under those conditions is on the DL at the end of the season or during the play-offs, he may be replaced by any player who is in the organization
on Aug 31. The only condition is that a DL'd pitcher must be replaced by another pitcher and a DL'd position player must be replaced by another position player (does not need to be the same position).
In the Reds case, Corky Miller may be the key guy. He will be on the big league DL on August 31 and is therefore eligible to be on the post-season roster. The Reds can make any other position player in the organization on Aug 31 eligible simply by placing Corky on the DL at the end of the season. Any other player who is on the roster now (no other position players on bereavement, suspended or DL list now) could also be DL'd if they need to be. The Reds have plenty of pitchers on the DL now and through the end of the year (Masset, Broxton to name two) to make any pitcher eligible.
What the Reds can not do is acquire a player after Aug 31 and use him as a replacement for a DL'd guy.