He won't be the only one who could potentially miss extended time by participating in the WBC. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop – a Curacao native who will play for the Netherlands – will have just 11 days of full-squad workouts before he departs on Feb. 28 to play the pool play round in South Korea. Center fielder Adam Jones and right-hander Mychal Givens, who will play for the USA, as well as third baseman Manny Machado, another Dominican representative, could also miss from March 6-24 depending on how far their teams advance. And both the USA and Dominican Republic are expected to go far.
Even though the Orioles' first full-squad workout isn't until Friday, it will be interesting to see how many of those players get an early start to spring training in Sarasota.
The Orioles won't only miss players because of the WBC. Advance scouting coordinator Ben Werthan will work with Team Israel, which will also play in South Korea. And bullpen catcher Jett Ruiz is expected to accompany Jones with Team USA.