Fifteen Tigers to Play in World Baseball Classic
Daytwo of workouts for the Tigers in Lakeland today, where it should be about 78 degrees and a chance of some rain.
So far, only veteran closer Francisco Rodriguez is the only Tiger who hasn’t shown up for Spring Training. Manager Brad Ausmus told reporters he didn’t know of any visa problems that might have caused K-Rod’s absence.
Rodriguez will be among 15 Tigers playing in the World Baseball Classic. Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez will join him in playing for Venezuela. Justin Verlander will not be playing. Verlander told MLive.com that he called his old manager Jim Leyland about playing, and he says that helped him decide to skip the classic. Leyland is managing the American squad.
"He basically said, 'Justin, as a manager, I want you to play. But as a friend, I would probably tell you that your health is more important than anything,'" Verlander said Tuesday from Tiger Town before the first workout for pitchers and catchers.
The first game of the WBC is March 6th. The finals will be March 20-22 at Dodger Stadium.
Here is the list of Tigers that will be involved in the World Baseball Classic:
LHP Travis Blackley
RHP Warwick Saupold
RHP Dustin Molleken
SS Daniel Pinero
RHP William Cuevas
1B/OF Efren Navarro
RHP Joe Jimenez
RHP Michael Fulmer (designated pitcher pool)
2B Ian Kinsler
RHP Alex Wilson (designated pitcher pool)
1B Miguel Cabrera
DH Victor Martinez
RHP Arcenio Leon (designated pitcher pool)
RHP Francisco Rodriguez
RHP Bruce Rondon