Team USA’s provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic was announced Thursday morning and there wasn’t a single Nationals player listed.
The rosters for the other participating countries will be announced later Thursday afternoon and at least one Nationals player, Roger Bernadina, is expected to play for his country (Netherlands). But as for Team USA, it will be devoid of Nationals players.
According to a release from Major League Baseball, provisional rosters allow up to 28 players to be listed, creating a pool of players who are eligible to be named to the final roster. Final 28-man rosters must be submitted by Feb. 20 and contain 13 pitchers and two catchers.
While there were likely several Nationals players who were asked, the fact that there are none on the team means that Davey Johnson will be able to keep most of his team together throughout spring training and not lose many players to the March tournament.
Here is Team USA’s full provisional roster:
Jeremy Affeldt - San Francisco Giants - LHP
J.P. Arencibia - Toronto Blue Jays - C
Heath Bell - Arizona Diamondbacks - RHP
Willie Bloomquist - Arizona Diamondbacks - UTL
Mitchell Boggs - St. Louis Cardinals - RHP
Ryan Braun - Milwaukee Brewers - OF
Steve Cishek - Miami Marlins - RHP
Tim Collins - Kansas City Royals - LHP
R.A. Dickey - Toronto Blue Jays - RHP
Luke Gregerson - San Diego Padres - RHP
Derek Holland - Texas Rangers - LHP
Adam Jones - Baltimore Orioles - OF
Craig Kimbrel - Atlanta Braves - RHP
Jonathan Lucroy - Milwaukee Brewers - C
Joe Mauer - Minnesota Twins - C
Kris Medlen - Atlanta Braves - RHP
Chris Perez - Cleveland Indians - RHP
Glen Perkins - Minnesota Twins - LHP
Vinnie Pestano - Cleveland Indians - RHP
Brandon Phillips - Cincinnati Reds - IF
Jimmy Rollins - Philadelphia Phillies - IF
Giancarlo Stanton - Miami Marlins - OF
Mark Teixeira - New York Yankees - IF
Shane Victorino - Boston Red Sox - OF
Ryan Vogelsong - San Francisco Giants - RHP
David Wright - New York Mets - IF
Ben Zobrist - Tampa Bay Rays - UTL