WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark, who was part of the Designated Pitcher Pool, will remain with Team USA into the next round of the World Baseball Classic. Initially, he was scheduled to pitch just once in the first round for Team USA -- he allowed three
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark, who was part of the Designated Pitcher Pool, will remain with Team USA into the next round of the World Baseball Classic. Initially, he was scheduled to pitch just once in the first round for Team USA -- he allowed three runs in 1 1/3 innings against the Dominican Republic on Saturday -- and he could have been replaced by another designated pitcher before the start of this round.
But Team USA asked Roark to continue, and he agreed. Nats manager Dusty Baker said he was told Roark is scheduled to throw an inning on Wednesday and have a start at some point during the next few days.
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"He went there for a purpose," Baker said. "We thought he was going to go one and done and come back home. He wants to stay, they need him, and that's the kind of guy Tanner is."
A few other Nationals did return to camp Wednesday morning from the Classic, including Jhonatan Solano from Team Colombia and left-hander Oliver Perez from Team Mexico.
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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.