Rowland-Smith chooses Mariners over Team Australia
Mariners left-hander Ryan Rowland-Smith has made a decision on which team he’ll play for this spring, Team Australia in the World Baseball Classic or the Mariners.
His pursuit of a spot in the Mariners rotation will keep him in the Mariners’ Spring Training camp from start to finish.
“It was a tough decision, but I have decided to stay here,” he said this morning. “I have worked too hard during the offseason to hurt my chances of being on the team.”
Rowland-Smith said Team Australia coach John Deeble was “disappointed, but understands my decision.”
The lefty from Down Under said he was concerned that if the Australian team was successful in the Classic, he could miss up to three weeks of camp, which could hurt his chances of being in the Seattle rotation.
— Jim Street