The Orioles players who are taking part in the World Baseball Classic are scheduled to report to their teams tomorrow, but Lou Montanez (left) will not be one of them. He was on the provisional roster for the Puerto Rican team, but was cut when the team decided to take 40-year-old Bernie Williams instead.
"I'm a little disappointed,'' Montanez said. "I was kind of counting on going. The guy told me I was the last cut. On the last day (setting the roster) they went with a couple of other guys."
Montanez is trying to be philosophical about the situation.
"Maybe it will end up being a blessing in disguise,'' he said. "Maybe I'll get to play a lot here.
Meanwhile, Jeremy Guthrie (USA), Melvin Mora (Venezuela) and Cesar Izturis (Venezuela) will be headed for their WBC training sites today or tomorrow. Orioles bullpen catcher and batting practice pitcher Ruben Felix also has been invited to be on the Team USA staff.