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Gio Gonzalez accepts invitation to pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic

Feb 9, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT

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Much of the news about the upcoming World Baseball Classic has been about those who have backed out of participating, but here’s one player who has opted in.

Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez has accepted an invitation to pitch for Team USA, according to announcement on the team’s Twitter account. He’ll be a welcome addition to a rotation which is also set to include R.A. Dickey, Ryan Vogelsong and Derek Holland.

Kris Medlen was on the provisional roster announced by the team last month, but he has since withdrawn due to the impending birth of his first child. Andy Pettitte has also decided against participating in recent weeks. Justin Verlander is said to be still mulling over whether he’ll pitch in the tournament.

Of course, Gonzalez is one of several players who has been linked to Biogenesis, a Miami-area clinic which allegedly distributed performance-enhancing drugs to players. MLB is currently investigating the matter.

  1. romoscollarbone - Feb 9, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t the WBC use the “International, Olympic style” testing, which includes, blood for HGH?

    • Reflex - Feb 9, 2013 at 6:40 PM

      Good thing there is no evidence he’s ever used PEDs then, eh?

    • daveeproc - Feb 9, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      That may be why he’s doing it. We’ll never be able to say for certain that he didnt dope in the past, but given that he’s not associated with any PEDs and he would be tested at the WBC (and presumably come up clean)…we would have a decent idea.

    • jwbiii - Feb 9, 2013 at 7:37 PM

      Yes, the WBC uses WADA testing, which means you can get banned for Sudafed and such.

      • blacksables - Feb 10, 2013 at 3:44 AM

        Since when did WADA start testing for the WBC? I really doubt that’s true. The main reason baseball was tossed out of the Olympics is because MLB refused to let WADA take over the testing.

        Since MLB players are involved in the WBC, WADA can’t test them? Which means players under contract to MLB can’t be tested, so it would be a split test. Which isn’t going to happen.

        The WBC isn’t sanctioned under the IBAF, so why would there be any drug testing going on for the players that isn’t already covered by MLB or the governing body of their country?

        If you can show me something that says WADA is doing the testing, I’ll concede the point. But I don’t believe it for a second.

  2. jlovenotjlo - Feb 9, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Kenny Williams traded GIO Gonzalez to the a’s for nick swisher just thought I’d remind everyone of that

    • Old Gator - Feb 10, 2013 at 8:28 AM

      Kenny Williams forced Slobbering Ozzie to Macondo. I am doomed to remember that until they unplug the respirator.

      • jlovenotjlo - Feb 10, 2013 at 9:34 PM

        Not only that but he tricked the marlins into trading 2 minor leaguers for him. One might even crack the bullpen this season. Just for the privelage of having such a fine manager.

  3. chill1184 - Feb 9, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Team USA is going to have a sick pitching staff

  4. Old Gator - Feb 9, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    And in other news, Russ Canzler has announced that he will represent the US team – or anyone else, for that matter.

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