Dunn To Participate In WBC
Last night, Adam Dunn received a call from Davey Johnson. The Team USA manager, preparing his team for the upcoming World Baseball Classic, had a question: Did Dunn want to temporarily leave his new team for an even newer team?
This morning, after speaking with Manager Manny Acta, Dunn committed to the WBC, a tournament that will take Dunn away from the Washington Nationals just as he adapts to his new surroundings. The WBC tournament begins on March 5, but today, Dunn departed for Clearwater, Fla., to join with the US team.
In the previous four days, Johnson's team has lost four players -- including outfielders Brad Hawpe and Grady Sizemore -- from its roster.
"I didn't want to do anything until I talked to Manny, because I think that's only fair," Dunn said today, just before leaving. "As soon as I talked to him, he was very ecstatic about it."
Dunn figured that the benefits of the tournament -- especially the competitive atmosphere -- outweighed whatever problems resulted from the time missed. Questions remain about whether the Nationals will use Dunn at first base or in the outfield, but during the first weeks of spring training, and even during the first week of exhibition games, Dunn has gotten work at both spots.
"I think I've played everywhere they want me to play," Dunn said. "Hopefully. If they don't want me playing catcher or something."
Acta, who helped coach the Dominican team in the 2006 WBC, has long been one of the tournament's ardent supporters. The Nationals now have two members of their 40-man roster, including reliever pitcher Saul Rivera (Puerto Rico), participating in the WBC.
"He's excited, because I told him about it," Acta said of his conversation with Dunn. "I told him every game counts. It's important. It's intense. It seems like you have to win every game because of the format, and he was gung-ho about that."
NOTE: Catcher Jesus Flores was diagnosed after today's game with a right elbow strain. He is scheduled for an MRI tomorrow, but the team does not believe the injury is serious.
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