UPDATE 5:50pm: I'm seeing conflicting reports about the Lackey/Saunders switch. Lyle Spencer on angelsbaseball.com says Saunders is going in Lackey's place, but all the rosters still have Lackey on them.
The 45-man World Baseball Classic provisional rosters were announced today, and the Angels have 16 players representing 9 different countries in the Classic. Here's the breakdown:
USA: Brian Fuentes, Scot Shields, Joe Saunders
Dominican Republic: Jose Arredondo, Vlad Guerrero, Ervin Santana
Puerto Rico: Luis Figueroa
Venezuela: Maicer Izturis, Juan Rivera
Australia: Adam Morrissey, Rich Thompson
Italy: Mike Napoli, Kasey Olenberger
Netherlands: Hainley Statia
Mexico: Freddy Sandoval
Panama: Kevin Ramos
One curious omission is John Lackey, who was tabbed a few weeks ago as one of the starting pitchers for Team USA. There has been no formal word as to why Lackey is now unable to compete. Saunders is Lackey's replacement.
Anybody else worried about our guys getting hurt?