Olmedo Saenz says he will play for Panama after all to honor his late mother. It was believed that Saenz was going to decline the invitation because of a dispute with Panamanian baseball officials. Bruce Chen is expected to be the ace of the Panamanian pitching staff.
Mexico, slipping under the radar, pared its roster to 33 players. Esteban Loaiaza, Elmer Dessens, and Vinny Castilla are the most notable names.