Catcher Matt Wieters has been dropped from the U.S. roster for Olympic baseball qualifying that starts Monday.
“He’ll be on our radar if we do get the opportunity to move forward,” U.S. manager Mike Scioscia said Sunday from Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Wieters, a 35-year-old four-time all-star, hit .200 (7-for-35) with no homers and four runs batted in for the St. Louis Cardinals during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season and became a free agent.
Cutting Wieters left Tim Federowicz and Mark Kolozsvary as the catchers on the 26-man U.S. roster.
Anthony Carter, a 35-year-old left-hander with the Mexican club Saraperos de Saltillo, was added to the U.S. roster Sunday. Kansas City’s 24-year right-hander Jonathan Bowlan was dropped, three days after the Royals said he needs Tommy John surgery.
Scioscia said a left-hander will start for the U.S. on Monday, making the St. Louis Cardinals’ Matthew Liberatore (0-3, 5.48 in four starts at triple-A Memphis) or the Kansas City Royals’ Drew Parrish (1-0, 0.00 in one start and three relief appearances at High-A Quad Cities) the most likely candidates.
“Anybody that’s been in Major League Baseball knows the playoffs are a different season, and we’re jumping into the playoffs from the first pitch of this tournament,” Scioscia said.
Top 2 teams in group play go to super round
Carlos Teller, a 34-year-old left-hander with the Mexican club Aguascalientes, will start for Nicaragua.
Canada, Colombia, Cuba and Venezuela are in Group B.
Puerto Rico is managed by Juan Gonzalez, Nicaragua by Marvin Benard and Canada by Ernie Whitt.
Second- and third-place teams advance to a final qualifier in June in Mexico, which will include Australia, Netherlands and Taiwan.
Only players not on 26-man major league rosters and injured lists are eligible.
The U.S. was three outs from qualifying for the Olympics in November 2019 at the Premier12 tournament in Tokyo when it wasted a ninth-inning lead and lost to Mexico 3-2 in 10 innings.
Revised U.S. roster
Right-handed pitchers: Homer Bailey, Anthony Carter (Saraperos de Saltillo), Brandon Dickson, Edwin Jackson, DJ Johnson (Cleveland), David Robertson, Joe Ryan (Tampa Bay), James Sherfy (San Francisco), Simeon Woods Richardson (Toronto).
Left-handed pitchers: Anthony Gose (Cleveland), Trevor Lane (N.Y. Yankees), Matthew Liberatore (St. Louis), Drew Parrish (Kansas City), Marc Rzepczynski.
Catchers: Tim Federowicz (LA Dodgers), Mark Kolozsvary (Cincinnati).
Infielders: Nick Allen (Oakland), Eddy Alvarez (Miami), Triston Cases (Boston), Logan Forsythe (Milwaukee), Todd Frazier, Luke Williams (Philadelphia).
Outfielders: Jarren Duran (Boston), Eric Filia (Seattle), Jon Jay (LA Angels), Matt Kemp.
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