Carlos Gonzales among 3 Colorado Rockies to participate in the World Baseball Classic

Rockies Tulowitzki might make Team USA roster

DENVER - Colorado Rockies' outfielders Carlos Gonzales, David Kandilas and catcher Ramon Hernandez will participate in the 2013 World Baseball Classic announced on Thursday.

Gonzales and Hernandez will play for Team Venezuela while Kandilas will be on Team Australia's roster.

Gonzales was the Rockies lone All-Star last season playing in 135 games and hitting .303 with 22 home runs and 85 RBIs. He was slowed at the end of the year by a nagging hamstring injury.

Hernandez had a .217 average with five home runs and 28 RBIs last year.

Kandilas played in the Rockies minor league circuit with Class A Asherville. He had a .266 average while hitting four home runs and knocking in 49 RBIs.

Several Rockies including Dexter Fowler and Troy Tulowitzki were left off the Team USA roster. Tulowitzki missed much of last season due to a surgery which removed scar tissue from his left groin.

The World Baseball Classic begins on March 2 in Fukuoka, Japan and the championship round will be in San Francisco.

16 countries will participate in the Classic and the United States will begin pool play on March 7 in Arizona.