The World Baseball Classic Rosters were announced and eight Cubs will be involved with the event - five from the major league squad. (Drumroll please)
Carlos Marmol (Dominican Republic) (See Update below)
Carlos Zambrano (Venezuela) (See Update #2)
- Kosukue Fukudome (Japan)
- Geovany Soto (Puerto Rico)
- Ted Lilly (USA)
- *Vince Perkins (Canada)
- **Alex Maestri (Italy)
- **Hung-wen Chen (Chinese Taipei)
* Non-Roster Invitee, ** Minor League System
So the story from yesterday turns out true about Zambrano and looks like Carlos Marmol had a last minute change of heart. Say hello to your 2009 closer - Kevin Gregg!
UPDATE: Either Muskat is doing her usual bang-up job or some things are still up in the air. Her story doesn't mention Marmol or Zambrano at all. Soto is set to DH in the first game for Puerto Rico and catch Jonathan Sanchez in their third game. Also, under the Cubs headlines on that story is the "Cubs' Marmol opts to skip Classic for D.R." article and it looks like the rosters no longer have Marmol on them, but Zambrano still is listed. Not so fast Kevin Gregg - hahahaha!!
UPDATE #2: Zambrano said he's not pitching in the WBC. He is set to go Monday for the Cubs in Cactus League play. The Venezuelan teams attempt at the Jedi Mind Trick seems to have failed.
"Carlos, it says right here that you're pitching for the team. You will pitch in the WBC. Look, it's been printed on the web."
"No, I'm not"
(Waves hand) "Yes, you will."
"No, I'm not, and stop waving your fucking hand around."