Evan Longoria has replaced Chipper Jones on Team USA's roster for the semifinal round of the World Baseball Classic that begins Saturday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
Don't make light of Davey Johnson's plight, but nobody will blame him this weekend if he takes a gander at Abbott and Costello's sketch, "Who's on first?"
Team USA came close, but it couldn't complete a second successive dramatic comeback. The Americans gave it a shot, but Venezuela had too much firepower in a 10-6 win on Wednesday night.
David Wright fouled a ball off his left foot in Team USA's 10-6 loss to Venezuela on Wednesday night, cracking his big toenail and causing a great deal of discomfort and concern for a team riddled with ailments.
Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee was not expected back in the lineup until Friday, but if he wants to join Team USA this weekend, general manager Jim Hendry said he would not stand in his way.
Kevin Youkilis, who had a homer and two RBIs in a walk-off win over Puerto Rico on Tuesday night, will miss the rest of the World Baseball Classic because of a sore left ankle.
Rain has caused a delay to the start of Wednesday night's World Baseball Classic game between the United States and Venezuela at Dolphin Stadium.
Evan Longoria is willing to step in to help Team USA. But the Rays third baseman hasn't heard anything from his national World Baseball Classic team yet.
It's a curious contrast for Team USA. A day after playing for their tournament lives, the Americans have a game that means virtually nothing. Then the stakes get very big once again.
It may not be the postseason, but to the players on Team USA who have experienced October madness, winning in walk-off fashion on Tuesday in the World Baseball Classic is the next best thing.