Outfielder Tyson Gillies helped pace Canada's team in the World Baseball Classic qualifying rounds in September. He'll be joined by right-hander Phillippe Aumont and veteran Pete Orr when Canada resumes play March 7-10 in Arizona.
Phillies players could set the table for two of the four teams in Pool D as Jimmy Rollins was officially added to the U.S. roster Thursday. Gillies led off and played center field when Canada cruised past Great Britain, Czech Republic and Germany in the qualifying round robin. Canada, the Unites States, Italy and Mexico comprise Pool D. Gillies, whose season was marred by injuries and a team suspension, finished with an encouraging .304/.369/.453 line in 311 plate appearances with Double-A Reading.
Aumont will battle with former Phil Scott Mathieson for Canada's closer role. Mathieson, recall, helped lead the Yomiuri Giants of Japan to the league title, pitching as their set-up guy. Orr has the distinction of breaking camp with the Phils' Opening Day roster the last two seasons. He's the proverbial veteran table stakes and the Phils know exactly what they have in him. Now's a good time to mention the Phils are reportedly among the teams chasing free agent Ryan Theriot.
Meanwhile, a pair of non-roster invitees have been added to international rosters. Right-hander Rodrigo Lopez, who recently signed a minor league deal, has been penciled in for Mexico. Left-hander Cesar Jimenez, a situational lefty expected to provide minor league depth, will pitch for Venezuela. Catcher-turned-pitcher Tim Kennelly, a farmhand since 2005, will represent Australia.
Rosters are considered provisional and will be filled out over the coming weeks.