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Potential WBC '17 call excites Odorizzi

Rays starter could be asked to join Team USA if timing works out
March 13, 2017

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Jake Odorizzi doesn't know if he'll get the call.The Rays' right-hander might be asked to pitch for Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, and he might not."I haven't heard anything," Odorizzi said. "I would imagine it's going to be a late process of hearing

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Jake Odorizzi doesn't know if he'll get the call.
The Rays' right-hander might be asked to pitch for Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, and he might not.
"I haven't heard anything," Odorizzi said. "I would imagine it's going to be a late process of hearing just because the schedule is kind of a day-to-day thing."
Odorizzi is a contingent player for rounds two and three, but only if the game he would pitch in coincides with one of his days to pitch. He is scheduled to pitch Tuesday against the Yankees in Port Charlotte -- so that possibility is off the table. After that, he will pitch again on March 20.
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"If they don't play on my day [I'm not going to pitch]," Odorizzi said. "What we said is we can't really switch things up."
The next round will take place in San Diego.
"I've been watching it," Odorizzi said. "It's been exciting to watch. Seems like the games are all pretty close -- at least the ones in Miami were. And they're all high energy. ... All the games have been really fun to watch."
Watching the games has made the possibility of playing for Team USA all the more enticing for Odorizzi.
"It would be a great atmosphere to see and pitch in, considering I haven't pitched in a playoff game before," he said. "Everything I've heard from people who have played in the playoffs and World Series games, they said it's kind of on that level. The atmosphere. So, kind of a cool thing when it's still March and you're kind of playing in those high-energy games. It would be cool to be there."
The World Baseball Classic runs through March 22. In the U.S., games air live exclusively in English on MLB Network and on an authenticated basis via MLBNetwork.com/watch, while ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN provide the exclusive Spanish-language coverage. MLB.TV Premium subscribers in the U.S. have access to watch every tournament game live on any of the streaming service's 400-plus supported devices. The tournament is being distributed internationally across all forms of television, internet, mobile and radio in territories excluding the U.S., Puerto Rico and Japan. Get tickets for games at Tokyo Dome and Petco Park, as well as the Championship Round at Dodger Stadium, while complete coverage -- including schedules, video, stats and gear -- is available at WorldBaseballClassic.com.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.