Just days after naming their 23-man provisional roster, Team Canada announced their roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

One notable omission from the list includes Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who was trying to work out insurance issues after undergoing knee surgery last season. Pitcher Ryan Dempster, who signed a two year deal with the Red Sox this off-season, wasn’t expected to be named to the roster, although he didn’t shut the door on the idea last week.

From Dempster:

“I’ve got a little while to try and think over some things and figure out if it’s something I’m going to be able to do,” he said. “There’s a lot of different variables for me this year.”

There’s good news though. Canada has one spot left on it’s roster for Joey Votto, who must still pass a physical for insurance purposes.

Canada, who had to earn a spot in this year’s WBC after failing to record a victory in the 2009 Classic, will play in Pool D, which includes Italy, Mexico and USA.

All games will be played at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.

Canada’s Schedule:

Friday March 8th: Canada @ Italy

Saturday March 9th: Canada @ Mexico

Sunday March 10th: USA @ Canada

Comments (11)

  1. Canada @ Italy will actually be played at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

    Not to nitpick or anything…

  2. Hopefully Votto can be added later on down the line. Too bad there’s no Freddie Freeman either, he would have been a nice bonus.

  3. All games are not at Chase Field as the Italy game is at Talking Stick

  4. Wait, so can Votto be added at a later time, or is this set in stone? Also, why no Diamond?

  5. Not a great looking line up.

  6. Diamond had surgery during the winter. Could Taylor Green start at 2nd?

  7. Was really hoping for Oscar Taveras. At least Taillon is a pleasant surprise.

  8. too bad votto wasn’t on the team :’(

  9. WTF, every Canadian eligible should have made an effort to get on this team after the last embarrassment in 2009! Shame on those who didn’t!

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