Orioles: Guthrie in WBC mix
Here's a little more Orioles info from Jeff Z:
Orioles ace Jeremy Guthrie will be named next week to the provisional 45-man roster of the American team in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Twenty eight of those players off that roster, including a mandatory 13 pitchers, will be named to the final U.S. roster, which will be set by Feb. 24.
It’s unlikely that Guthrie makes the final roster with right-handed starters Jake Peavy, Roy Oswalt and John Lackey having already committed to the club. But Guthrie acknowledged today that it’s nice to be even considered.
"Certainly it’s an honor," Guthrie said. "It’s great to be considered regardless of what happens."
The rest of the provisional roster will be announced on Monday. Shortstop Cesar Izturis and third baseman Melvin Mora are the only two Orioles who are expected to participate in the World Baseball Classic, which begins on March 5.