Crain, Rios named to WBC rosters

CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox will be lightly represented during next month’s World Baseball Classic, but none of those participating will suit up for the United States, as provisional rosters were announced Thursday for the 16-team tournament.

Paul Konerko’s name had been included late last year on an initial provisional roster for Team USA, but he was not among the players named Thursday. Instead, Team USA will move forward with the Yankees’ Mark Teixeira at first base and the Twins’ Joe Mauer available to back him up when he’s not catching.

Players on the White Sox’s major-league roster who will be participating are right-hander Jesse Crain for Canada, while Puerto Rico will have outfielder Alex Rios and right-hander Hector Santiago.

Two White Sox minor leaguers also are expected to participate: right-hander Andre Rienzo for Brazil and third baseman Andy Gonzalez for Puerto Rico. Rienzo is a highly-regarded pitcher in the system, while Gonzalez was originally drafted by the White Sox in 2001 and played at the Triple-A level for the Brewers last season.

The 2013 WBC is scheduled to begin on March 2 and conclude with the championship game on March 19 at San Francisco’s AT&T Park. Team USA opens play March 8 against Mexico at Chase Field in Phoenix.