The World Baseball Classic will have a Giants feel to it. Nine Giants, spread across several countries, were named to preliminary rosters on Thursday.
Giants pitchers Jeremy Affeldt and Ryan Vogelsong are among 27 players on the U.S. roster, while Venezuela listed Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro, third baseman Pablo Sandoval and reliever Jose Mijares on its initial roster. Puerto Rico will feature outfielder Angel Pagan and left-handed reliever Javier Lopez, while right-handers Santiago Casilla (Dominican Republic) and Sergio Romo (Mexico) also were on rosters.
The A’s had one player on the preliminary roster, as left-hander Pedro Figueroa will play for the Dominican Republic.
Other key players on the U.S. roster were the Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun, the Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton, the New York Yankees’ Mark Teixeira and the New York Mets’ David Wright.
The WBC semifinals and final will be held at AT&T Park at March 17-19.
Sandoval in hospital: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is in a Venezuelan hospital with abdominal pain. CSN Bay Area reported that Sandoval has been hospitalized since Wednesday with colitis, but is expected back on the field soon with his winter league team in Magallanes. Sandoval’s brother, Michael, initially tweeted that Pablo was hospitalized with an unspecified abdominal pain.
Soon to hear Lyon roar? CSN Bay Area reported the Giants are in hot pursuit of reliever Brandon Lyon. Lyon spent the 2012 season with the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays, where he went 4-2 with a
3.10 ERA in 61 innings.
A’s agree to terms with Jaso, Smith: The A’s agreed to one-year contracts with catcher John Jaso, who was acquired Wednesday in a three-way trade from the Seattle Mariners, and outfielder Seth Smith, avoiding arbitration with both players. Terms of both contracts were not immediately known.