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Changeup from Team USA: Archer told services not needed

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March

UPDATE, 9:55: Archer said he was "thrilled" the US won, but woke up to a text message from Team USA GM Joe Torre telling him not to take his flight, that he wouldn't be needed.

"I don't know what happened other than maybe they think there's a better option. I don't disagree, I think everybody there is capable of doing something special,'' he said in the Rays clubhouse. "But I was definitely looking forward to pitching.''

Team USA plans to start Nats RHP Tanner Roark on Tuesday, and has #BlueJays RHP Marcus Stroman lined up if it gets to the final on Wednesday,

 

UPDATE, 9:26: Odorizzi said he won't be joining Team USA to pitch in the semifinal or final.

DEVELOPING: Rays top starter Chris Archer won't be re-joining Team USA for the final round of the WBC, as he was told after Saturday's 6-3 win he would not be needed to pitch.

The original plan was for Archer to fly out of Fort Myers this morning for Los Angeles, where he would rejoin the team and be lined up to pitch in the championship game on Wednesday.

But Team USA officials could be looking to manipulate their roster for Tuesday's semifinal game.

Archer posted on his Twitter account:

"I received a message this morning that I am no longer needed to pitch in the final round of the WBC. I will not be leaving camp as I thought"

"I had an amazing time representing our country wish I could take the ball one more time but it's out of my control. We're in good hands tho!"

With the Dominican Republic losing, the Rays will in the next few days get back closer RHP Alex Colome and get their first look at RHP Jumbo Diaz, who they claimed on waivers from the Reds March 9.

[Last modified: Sunday, March 19, 2017 9:58am]

    

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