Provisional rosters for the upcoming World Baseball Classic were announced Thursday, with six members of the Indians organization set to suit up for their respective country’s team.
Relievers Chris Perez and Vinnie Pestano are on the U.S. roster, while All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (Venezuela) and fellow big leaguers, catcher Carlos Santana (Dominican Republic) and infielder Mike Aviles (Puerto Rico) will also participate in the tournament, held from March 2-19 at sites around the world.
Double-A Akron left-hander Giovanni Soto joined Aviles on the Puerto Rico roster, with Yan Gomes, a catcher and infielder in the mix to make Cleveland’s opening-day roster as a bench player, reportedly still considering whether to play for Brazil.
Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez was not on the Dominican Republic roster, but could be added. Teams with less than the maximum 28 players on their rosters have until Feb. 20 to make additions.
WBC first-round action in Pool A (Brazil, China, Cuba and Japan) is scheduled to take place March 2-6 in Japan. Pool B (Australia, Chinese Taipei, Korea and the Netherlands) is scheduled for March 2-5 in Taiwan. Pool C (Dominican Republic, Spain, Venezuela and Puerto Rico) is scheduled for March 7-10 in Puerto Rico. Pool D (United States, Canada, Mexico and Italy) is scheduled for March 8-12 in Arizona.
Second-round action in Pools A and B is scheduled to take place March 8-12 at Japan’s Tokyo Dome, while Pools C and D are scheduled for March 12-16 at Marlins Park in Miami.
Winners and runners-up from the second round will compete in the championship round, March 17-19, at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
Japan has won both WBC tournaments with Japanese right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka being named the MVP each time.
Cleveland pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to spring training camp in Goodyear, Ariz., on Feb. 10, with the exhibition opener Feb. 22 against the Reds.
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