No big league Reds on int’l squads
The rosters for all 16 teams in the World Baseball Classic rosters are out. Brandon Phillips of Team USA is currently the lone Reds player partcipating.
For now at least, no Reds players from the Majors
or Minor Leagues were selected to play for the other countries. That could change since these are only provisional rosters. Final 28-man rosters are not submitted until Feb. 20.
Correction: Team Netherlands pitcher Loek Van Mil (a 7-foot-1 right-hander) was a Minor Leaguer signed by the Reds this winter. Team China has Ray Chang, a Minor League infielder signed by Cincinnati in the off-season, too. Double-A Pensacola LHP Chris Manno was selected to play for Team Spain.
The one name that could be added is 1B Joey Votto as Canada has only 26 players on its provisional roster. It was reported in Toronto last week that Votto’s omission was because he needed to clear some extra insurance issues related to his left knee injury last season. Votto said if he was 100 percent, he would play. But if he wasn’t, his first priority was to get ready for the Reds regular season.
There was a report in November by Foxsports.com that OF Shin-Soo Choo told Korea he wouldn’t play in the Classic this year. There is no official word on why ace starter Johnny Cueto is not participating for the Dominican Republic, but he is coming off the oblique injury suffered in the postseason.
**UPDATE: Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reported that Cueto was listed on the Dominican team’s “chronic injury list,” which essentially means he needs special clearance before he can play.
There will be one other person with Reds ties involved in the Classic. Hall of Famer Barry Larkin is the manager of Team Brazil.
Click here for the story on Phillips being thrilled about playing for Team USA.
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