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Ten Phillies players headed to World Baseball Classic

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Phillies will be represented by 10 players in this year's World Baseball Classic. They range from longtime shortstop Jimmy Rollins to 18-year-old Lucas Rojo, who has played all of 18 games for the Phillies' team in the Venezuelan Summer League.

Ten Phillies players headed to World Baseball Classic

United States´ Jimmy Rollins reacts after hitting a two-run home run<br />off Netherlands´ Rick VandenHurk in the second inning during a World<br />Baseball Classic game in Miami, Sunday, March 15, 2009. Curtis<br />Granderson scored on the home run. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
United States' Jimmy Rollins reacts after hitting a two-run home run off Netherlands' Rick VandenHurk in the second inning during a World Baseball Classic game in Miami, Sunday, March 15, 2009. Curtis Granderson scored on the home run. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Phillies will be represented by 10 players in this year's World Baseball Classic. They range from longtime shortstop Jimmy Rollins to 18-year-old Lucas Rojo, who has played all of 18 games for the Phillies' team in the Venezuelan Summer League.

Rosters were officially announced Thursday night.

Other than Rollins, the Phillies will not lose any significant names. Players may be absent from camp for a few days to three weeks depending on how far their country advances.

The full list of Phillies participating:

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Australia: C Tim Kennelly

Brazil: IF Lucas Rojo

Canada: RHP Phillippe Aumont, OF Tyson Gillies, LHP Jay Johnson, IF Pete Orr

Mexico: RHP Rodrigo Lopez, C Sebastian Valle

United States: SS Jimmy Rollins 

Venezuela: LHP Cesar Jimenez

Of those 10 players, seven (Aumont, Gillies, Orr, Lopez, Valle, Rollins and Jimenez) are in big-league camp this spring.

In addition, the Phillies will send first-base coach Juan Samuel to coach third base for the Dominican Republic. Ernie Whitt, the team's minor-league catching coordinator, is Canada's manager.

The tournament starts March 2. The United States does not play its first game until March 8 against Mexico at Chase Field in Phoenix. All 39 games will be televised on MLB Network.


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