Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez joins Team USA for World Baseball Classic

Sunday February 10th, 2013

Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez has accepted an invitation to pitch for the United States in March's World Baseball Classic, USA Baseball announced via Twitter on Saturday.

The 27-year-old, a Hialeah, Fla., native of Cuban descent, will boost a rotation that also features the Blue Jays' R.A. Dickey, the Braves' Kris Medlen and the Giants' Ryan Vogelsong.

Gonzalez enjoyed a breakout season after being traded to Washington a year ago, winning a league-high 21 games and posting a 2.89 ERA. He was among the players linked by the Miami New Times to the South Florida clinic that reportedly supplied players with performance-enhancing drugs, which MLB is currently investigating.

withdrew from Team Venezuela
SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.