Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Reports: Joey Votto expected to play for Team Canada in WBC

Update (1:35 PM) - It's official. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer has confirmed that Votto will indeed be on Canada's roster for the Classic. Votto joins Alfredo Simon (Dominican Republic) and Brandon Phillips (United States) as the three Reds representatives in the WBC.

Although no official announcement has been made yet, two Canadian media outlets are reporting that Reds All-Star first basemen Joey Votto is likely to represent Team Canada during next month's World Baseball Classic.

The Toronto Star published a report late Tuesday with quotes from Canadian baseball director Greg Hamilton, who says he is "confident" that Votto is going to be a part of the team.

"As of right now, Joey is going to be with us,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton added that he isn't concerned about Votto's surgically repaired knee being a deterrent from having the former MVP participate.

“We have some things that still need to be dotted and crossed to make sure that everything’s fine... Joey wants to play, Joey feels good. We just got a few things that need to fall into place here.”

Final rosters for the WBC are due on Wednesday. However, Hamilton stated that Votto could still join Team Canada before their first game.

“There are provisions that will allow countries to add and subtract based on a player’s health all the way up to opening pitch.”

An additional report published late Tuesday by Sportsnet Canada also stated that Votto was on the verge of being added to Canada's roster.

Again, no official announcement has been made by the Reds or Team Canada, but signs seem to indicate that we will be hearing word one way or the other very soon.

Votto previously played for Canada in the 2009 WBC. In Canada's first game against the United States, Votto went 4-for-5 with a home run.

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