Beresford first Twins player to depart for Classic
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Infielder James Beresford was the first Twins player to depart for the World Baseball Classic, as he left camp on Sunday to fly to Taiwan to join Team Australia.
The Twins have 13 players on World Baseball Classic rosters, which ties them for the most in baseball with the Brewers.
But Joe Mauer (USA), Glen Perkins (USA), Justin Morneau (Canada) and Drew Butera (Italy) are the only four currently on Minnesota's 40-man roster who are set to play in the Classic.
Other Twins players scheduled to play in the Classic are Andrew Albers (Canada), Samuel Deduno (Dominican Republic), Chris Colabello (Italy), Shairon Martis (Netherlands), Tom Stuifbergen (Netherlands), Jose Berrios (Puerto Rico) and Eddie Rosario (Puerto Rico).
Twins general manager Terry Ryan said he's fine with the large number of players in the organization playing in the World Baseball Classic, but admitted it's tougher for Mauer and Butera because it limits their time with Twins pitchers.
"It doesn't throw anything off," Ryan said. "It's just a little awkward, and you have to invite more people to camp. But it's not throwing anything off other than Mauer and Butera not getting enough time with these pitchers. But they'll catch up."