WBC Five Cuts: USA-Venezuela
Sojo's biggest mistake was burning his best pitcher,
"Felix . . . has to pitch on Saturday," Sojo said Friday. "It's his turn. And because Major League Baseball were faced with the fact they have to contribute [sic]. How is that going to affect us? We're going to use the opening pitchers that had the one-two potential. But that's the reality of things."
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"We did not put any guidelines on them," Zduriencik said.
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Now Sojo faces an elimination game Monday against Canada and its stacked, lefthanded-heavy lineup. And who does he have left to pitch? Righthander
"And we all know that maybe the bullpen is the big question mark with us," Sojo said, "and it looked like a disaster. That's the reality."
By the ninth inning Sunday, the game was so ugly the Venezuelan fans were chanting for Sojo to come in and pitch. I'm guessing it was not to have the opportunity to cheer him.
Hey, for what it's worth, King Felix looked great against Italy.
"Being a switch-hitter I've done it before," Jones said. "Hopefully it's just a couple of days and I can get back in there. I won't do anything [Monday] and then we'll see how it feels Tuesday."
And please, folks, don't blame the WBC. Said Jones, "Could have happened in spring training in Kissimmee, Florida."