With Damaso Marte dropping out of the WBC because of a tender shoulder, the Dominican Republic replaced him on the roster with Francisco Cordero of the Texas Rangers. Cordero had originally dropped off the roster due to shoulder problems of his own, but he now he feels better. The D.R. squad will be able to use Cordero along with Duaner Sanchez and Fernando Rodney to close out games.
The Dominicans play Cuba Saturday afternoon at noon PT at PETCO Park in San Diego.