Pitcher Gabriel Arias replaces Diego Goris on Olympic roster

The Dominican operations team works at full speed so that the reliever can join the team as soon as possible

The Dominican Baseball Olympic Program confirmed the addition of the pitcher Gabriel Arias placeholder image to the Olympic team that will participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The change comes after this past weekend it was known that the player in the box Diego Goris had yielded a positive result for cannabis that disables him from participating in this tournament and any other Olympic competition for three months.

The general manager of the team José Gómez Frías had indicated shortly before that the process of late replacement of an athlete in the Olympic Games was “tedious, difficult and complicated”, adding that the delegation had already another previous change with the also pitcher Ramón Rossó who joined the team in Florida training and replaced Gerson Bautista who was unable to adhere to the health and safety protocols.

The Dominican team did not have an infielder among its reserve players and the names that occupied these positions were Leuris Gómez and Román Méndez (pitchers) and Eduardo De Oleo (catcher).

Gómez also reported that the replacement process requires COVID tests on different days, permitting issues and the need for the person to have previously been registered with the IOC.

“We will do our best to add a quality name, but factors such as geography and eligibility will determine what we can do,” the executive concluded prior to Arias’ announcement.

The pitcher belonging to the Tigres del Licey in LIDOM threw in six games last regular season with six appearances, one as a starter, 10 innings and two thirds of 12 hits, 3 runs, only one of them clean, five strikeouts and 0.84 of effectiveness.

The 31-year-old native of Santo Domingo also recently performed in Mexico with the Puebla team.