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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Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark has committed to play for Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, according to MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi. Roark to pitch for Team USA in WBC 2017 .

Tanner Roark will pitch for Team USA in the WBC . (Alex Brandon/AP). The Washington Nationals will have at least one starting pitcher in the World Baseball Classic because Tanner Roark has committed to play for Team USA , according to a person familiar with the situation.

  Nationals’ Tanner Roark commits to pitch for Team USA in 2017 WBC © Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

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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Roark now joins second baseman Daniel Murphy as members of the Nationals who have committed to playing for Team USA in the WBC . Reliever Oliver Perez has committed to pitch for Mexico. Tags: featured_sidebar, frontstory_ nationals 3, mark zuckerman, nationals , nationals pastime, tanner

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

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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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

Roark started vs Team Japan in the 2017 WBC semifinals. Roark , who described it as the biggest start of his career, threw 48 pitches over four complete innings, allowing no runs. Under an agreement between Team USA and the Nationals , Roark was limited to no more than 50 pitches .

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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