The WBC just announced its team rosters and New York Yankees’ reliever Tyler Clippard will represent team USA.
The international baseball tournament’s official Twitter page made the roster announcements on Wednesday, showing Clippard’s name alongside former Yankee relievers Andrew Miller and David Robertson on the United States’ roster.
Clippard returned to the Yankees, the team that drafted him in 2003, from the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2016 and pitched to a 2.49 ERA in 25.1 innings. He struck out 9.2 batters per nine innings.
Richard Bleier (Israel) Luis Severino (Dominican Republic), Tommy Layne (Italy), Didi Gregorius (Netherlands) and Dellin Betances (Dominican Republic), one of Clippard’s bullpen battery mates, will also join the WBC.
Going by what happened to Mark Teixeira back in 2013, I’m certain members of New York’s front office are keeping their fingers crossed that neither of their two prominent relievers go down with devastating injuries this spring.
With a massive dependency on the elite bullpen led by Aroldis Chapman, injuries are the last thing this unit needs.
Here’s what the rest of Team USA’s roster looks like:
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) February 8, 2017
— WBC Baseball (@WBCBaseball) February 8, 2017