Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Outfield, Cervelli Picked for WBC Mccutchen Lands Spot on USA Roster

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Outfield, Cervelli Picked for WBC Mccutchen Lands Spot on USA Roster

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Andrew McCutchen is on Team USA's World Baseball Classic roster. In light of his impending position change, where will he play?

Five players on the Pirates' 40-man roster and four more minor leaguers made WBC final rosters, which were announced Wednesday. The WBC, an international baseball tournament that began in 2006 and is entering its fourth iteration, begins pool play March 6 and ends with the championship game March 22 in Dodger Stadium.

Other outfielders on Team USA include left fielder Christian Yelich, center fielder Adam Jones and right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. McCutchen, a center fielder his entire career, will play right for the Pirates this season, so it will be interesting to see where manager Jim Leyland uses him.

McCutchen's fellow outfielders, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco, are on the roster for the Dominican Republic, which won the WBC in 2013. Catcher Francisco Cervelli will play for Italy.

Ivan Nova is also on the Dominican roster - sort of. He is a member of the designated pitcher pool, a new wrinkle designed to prevent pitchers from working too much during spring training, when they are usually still easing into their throwing programs. Each team can designate up to 10 such pitchers, and they must have at least one but no more than two on the roster for each round or else they lose the right to use the pool for the rest of the tournament.

The team can replace pitchers who are part of the pool with other such pitchers as the team advances into later rounds. Nova will report to camp with the Pirates, which for pitchers and catchers begins Tuesday, but could be summoned if the Dominican Republic advances. This sets up an interesting showdown with pitching coach Ray Searage.

"I am not one of the guys that is in favor of the WBC," Searage told MLB Network Radio last month. …

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