Adam Dunn’s spring with the Nationals is already about half-over. The first baseman/outfielder received an invitation to play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic on Saturday night, and the Nationals announced Sunday that Dunn will play in the tournament, which starts on March 7.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Dunn said. “I haven’t played in it, but I would probably compare it to the playoffs. All games are must-win.”
Dunn talked to manager Davey Johnson, as well as former Reds teammate (and Nationals special assistant) Barry Larkin, who is one of the team’s coaches. He also got approval from Manny Acta, who managed the Dominican Republic team in the 2006 WBC.
“He said if you get an opportunity, go, so I’m going,” Dunn said.
The Nationals haven’t decided whether Dunn will play at first base or the outfield, so the move gives them less time to evaluate him at both positions.
“I know I need to work at (both) positions, so I’m going to have to do it early,” Dunn said. “I think I’ve played everywhere they want me to play. We’ll see what happens.”