Betances, Didi among Yanks headed to WBC

Reliever joined by Severino on D.R.; New York sending 10 to participate

Betances, Didi among Yanks headed to WBC

NEW YORK -- The Yankees organization will be represented by 10 players in March's World Baseball Classic, including right-handers Dellin Betances and Luis Severino, both of whom have committed to help the Dominican Republic defend its championship.

Betances and Severino will be joined in World Baseball Classic competition by the following members of New York's 40-man roster: left-hander Richard Bleier (Israel), right-hander Tyler Clippard (USA), right-hander Giovanny Gallegos (Mexico), shortstop Didi Gregorius (Netherlands) and left-hander Tommy Layne (Italy).

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Additionally, the Yankees' farm system will feature catcher Kellin Deglan (Canada), outfielder Tito Polo (Colombia) and infielder Donovan Solano (Colombia) participating in the World Baseball Classic.

Bleier and Severino are listed as designated pitcher pool (DPP) players. Each team has the option of using the designated pitcher pool (DPP), which works like this: A team can use up to 10 designated pitchers but can't have more than two on its active roster at a time. Those active DPs can be replaced at the beginning of each of the next two rounds, but only by another DP. Once a DP has been replaced, he cannot return to the active roster for a subsequent round.

Using Team USA as an example, Danny Duffy and Tanner Roark are the active DPs for the first round of pool play, so they can be replaced on the roster before the second round or the championship round, but only by one of the team's other DPs. And if a DP joins for the second round, he can be replaced for the championship round.

The World Baseball Classic runs from March 6-22. In the U.S., games will air live exclusively in English on MLB Network and on an authenticated basis via, while ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN will provide the exclusive Spanish-language coverage. MLB.TV Premium subscribers in the U.S. will have access to watch every tournament game live on any of the streaming service's 400-plus supported devices. Internationally, the tournament will be distributed across all forms of television, internet, mobile and radio in territories excluding the U.S., Puerto Rico and Japan. Get tickets for games at Marlins Park, Tokyo Dome, Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, Estadio Charros de Jalisco in Mexico, Petco Park, as well as the Championship Round at Dodger Stadium, while complete coverage -- including schedules, video, stats and gear -- is available at

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.