Veteran MLB wide receiver Matt Wieters removed from US Olympic qualifying list
Catcher Matt Wieters has been removed from the United States list for the Olympic baseball qualifiers which begin on Monday.
“He will be on our radar if we have the opportunity to move forward,” US manager Mike Scioscia said from Port St. Lucie, Fla., On Sunday.
Wieters, a 35-year-old four-time all-star, reached 0.200 (7 for 35) with no homers and four RBIs for the St. Louis Cardinals during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season and became an agent.
Cutting Wieters left Tim Federowicz and Mark Kolozsvary as receivers on the US 26-man roster.
Anthony Carter, a 35-year-old left-hander from Mexican club Saraperos de Saltillo, was added to the U.S. roster on Sunday. 24-year-old Kansas City right-hander Jonathan Bowlan has been dropped, three days after the Royals said he needed Tommy John-style surgery.
Scioscia said a southpaw would leave for the United States on Monday, becoming Matthew Liberatore of the St. Louis Cardinals (0-3, 5.48 in four starts at triple A Memphis) or Drew Parrish of the Kansas City Royals (1 -0, 0.00 in one start and three appearances in relief at High-A Quad Cities) the most likely candidates.
“Anyone who’s been in Major League Baseball knows that the playoffs are a different season, and we jump into the playoffs on the first pitch of this tournament,” said Scioscia.
The 2 best teams of the group go to the super round
Carlos Teller, a 34-year-old left-hander from 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.
The teams placed second and third will advance to a qualifying final in June in Mexico, which will include Australia, the Netherlands and Taiwan.
Only players who do not appear on the lists of 26 players of the major leagues and the lists of injured are eligible.
The United States were three out of qualifying for the November 2019 Olympics at the Premier12 tournament in Tokyo when they lost a ninth inning lead and lost to Mexico 3-2 in 10 innings.
Revised List of the United States
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 (NY Yankees), Matthew Liberatore (St. Louis), Drew Parrish (Kansas City), Marc Rzepczynski.
Sensors: 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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