Ben Zobrist is the lone Tampa Bay Ray named to the Team USA roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

David Price, the 2012 American League Cy Young Award-winner, was not among the four starting pitchers selected on Thursday, though Team USA manager Joe Torre said he would add a fifth starter at some point once the tournament begins.

Closer Fernando Rodney is expected to pitch for the Dominican Republic.

"We're supportive of guys who want to play for their country and go through the experience," Rays executive vice president of baseball Andrew Friedman said earlier this week. "For pitchers it's obviously less comfortable than it is for position players. But it's one of those things that certainly helps advance the game. There are certain times when we have to think beyond the narrow scope of the Tampa Bay Rays."

Friedman, who blocked Scott Kazmir for pitching in the 2009 WBC because of injury concerns, said he is not concerned about Rodney being able to get himself in shape for Opening Day.

"For guys who are going to throw seven or eight outings anyway, it's easier," Friedman said. "The only thing is they have to get ramped up quicker. The adrenalin of these games are different than spring training games, and so you have to get guys ready sooner. But with who Fernando is, the arm, the resiliency, all that stuff, there's less concern about him than other guys."

Friedman said there is a concern about starting pitchers and position players.