Sport Nationals’ Tanner Roark commits to pitch for Team USA in 2017 WBC

21:50  11 january  2017
21:50  11 january  2017 Source:   SB Nation

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Team USA general manager and former New York Yankees skipper Joe Torre has submitted a preliminary 50 man roster for the 2017 World Baseball Classic, which takes place in March. When discussing whether Masahiro Tanaka will pitch for the Japanese National Team in his end of season press conference, general manager Brian Cashman noted that he didn’t think team ’s had any control over whether a player chooses to participate in the WBC as long as they didn’t have a serious injury concern.

This World Baseball Classic is going to be the first one that Murphy will participate in and the depth for Team USA continues to grow. So far, Murphy joins Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler as the second basemen reportedly on the roster. As for the other Nats that will be in the WBC , Oliver Perez is reportedly going to pitch for Team Mexico. Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg lead the way at the top. Following them, the Nationals will call upon Tanner Roark to have another superb season.

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According to a report from Jon Morosi, Nationals’ starter Tanner Roark has committed to pitch for Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Max Scherzer expressed disappointment earlier this week when he announced that he would have to miss out on the 2017 World Baseball Classic due to a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger.

He will, however, he said, be ready for Spring Training.

“I am disappointed that I will not get to reunite with Jim Leyland and Jeff Jones,” Scherzer wrote on Twitter, referring to his former manager and pitching coach in Detroit, respectively, who will guide the U.S. team, “but I’m excited to see how Team USA performs this Spring.”

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Though Scherzer won’t participate, there will apparently be one Washington Nationals’ pitcher suiting up for Team USA this March for the WBC.

According to MLB Network analyst Jon Morosi, Nats’ right-hander Tanner Roark has committed to pitching for the U.S. in the 2017 edition of the international baseball tournament.

Roark, 30, topped 200 innings pitched for the first time in his career in 2016, finishing the season with 210 IP overall in 34 games (33 starts).

Roark posted a career-high 16 wins (16-10), with a 2.83 ERA, a 3.79 FIP, 73 walks (3.13 BB/9) and 172 Ks (7.37 K/9), holding opposing hitters to a .227/.309/.330 line on the year.

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Team USA 's pitching staff for the 2017 World Baseball Classic is beginning to take shape. Just a few days after Nationals ace Max Scherzer accepted an invitation to pitch in the WBC , Rays ace Chris Archer has done the same. Archer confirmed to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times he will indeed pitch for Team USA in the tournament next spring. Chris Archer has committed to pitch for Team USA in the 2017 WBC . USATSI.

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He told reporters this winter that he was happy with the results, though he did see room for improvement in his own game and for the Nationals as a team.

“I was happy with it, myself, personally,” Roark said.

“I would have liked to have cut down on the walks, big time, but pretty good season overall. It was a good team effort, but it’s not what we ultimately wanted.

“The ultimate goal every year is to win the World Series, not just make it there, to win. So that’s our goal this year.”

But first, he’ll try to help Team USA win the WBC.

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