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Harden not on the initial roster for WBC

Team Canada names first 23 members

In a news most AN fans will be happy to hear, Rich Harden was not on the initial Canadian Roster.


As for Harden, Whitt says he's "cautiously optimistic" that the A's will release him for international duty, even though the Victoria, B.C., native suffered from muscle problems in his right shoulder last year, then had offseason surgery on his left shoulder.

"I spoke to him last summer and he was optimistic," said Whitt. "Since that time, there's been things that have been written and the organization has said they don't want him to play."


Things might still change, as Canada still has not completed its roster. Apart from Harden, Eric Gagne and Ryan Dempster were not anounced either, leaving Bedard as their probable ace.

An interesting take on how the teams plan to use their pitchers was in the article as well:


Once the situations with Dempster, Harden and Gagne are resolved, Hamilton says Team Canada will round out the remaining seven spots on its roster. Canada has named nine pitchers already but would like to carry 14 or 15, including six starters.

With tender-armed hurlers on early-season pitch counts, the plan is to piggyback two starters in each game, then turn things over to the bullpen.

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