Assuming the reports that March 2 is the date for Astros minor league pitchers and catchers to report to Kissimmee are accurate, right-handed reliever Murilo Gouvea will not be reporting on time. Gouvea, who pitched for Lexington in 2012 will be in Japan on March 2 with the Brazilian National team.
Brazil is scheduled to open the 2013 World Baseball Classic against Japan at 4:00 am(Minute Maid Park Tme) that morning. Brazil will complete the first round of competition on the morning of March 6. The finals of the tournament are scheduled for March 19 in San Francisco.
Gouvea was an essential part of Brazil's advance from the qualifying round of the WBC held in November 2012 in Panama. In Brazil's two victories over the host Panamanians, he pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings in relief.