Terry Francona said he was "not terribly worried about the position players" but "you certainly worry about the pitchers, because they are not ready to compete yet, and it makes all of us nervous".
Dustin Pedroia says he will play for the US and Daisuke Matsuzaka -- the MVP of the 2006 tournament -- will pitch for Japan. Francona expects between seven and nine Red Sox players to play.
According to Ian Browne:
David Ortiz played for the Dominican Republic in 2006, and as long as he has no health concerns, the big designated hitter expects to do so again. Left fielder Jason Bay is all but certain to get an invitation from Canada.Had Mike Lowell been healthy, he would have suited up for Puerto Rico.
First baseman Kevin Youkilis, closer Jonathan Papelbon and left-hander Jon Lester are other Boston players who might have received overtures from Team USA.