Team USA cuts to 24
Team USA released its final 24-man roster, one without veteran utilitymen Mike Coolbaugh and Shawn Gilbert and without young righthander Matt White.
The roster includes 11 pitchers, two catchers, six infielders, four outfielders and utilityman John Cotton, who was the last player added to the original 28-man squad. Cotton, who can play second base, third base and the outfield, secured his place on the team with two home runs in its six exhibition games.
White was the only pitcher cut from the team. He was a late replacement for righthander Matt Ginter, whom the White Sox promoted to the major leagues.
White wasn't expected to make the club. But Gilbert, a veteran of last year's Pan American Games team, was expected to play a prominent role on the team. He was one of four players USA Baseball trotted out before the media in Los Angeles when the team was announced.
Coolbaugh was expected to share time at third base with 19-year-old Sean Burroughs, but instead was beaten out for that spot by Orioles catcher/third baseman Mike Kinkade. Coolbaugh was one of three players on the original 28-man roster to have hit 20 or more home runs in a minor league season, so his power bat (as well as versatile glove) was expected to win him at least a reserve roster spot.
The other subtraction came yesterday, when the Cleveland Indians recalled lefthander C.C. Sabathia after denying Team USA's request to use him as a relief pitcher. Team USA still has four lefthanders in Chris George, Rick Krivda, Bobby Seay and Tim Young.
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