Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong has committed to pitching for the United States in the World Baseball Classic in March.
Since being a nonroster spring training invitee, Vogelsong, 35, has gone 27-16 with a 3.05 ERA in two seasons, making the N.L. All-Star roster in 2011.
"Considering the path that I've been on, it's something I thought would never be possible for me to do five years ago," Vogelsong told the Giants' website. "To have the chance to do this is an amazing feeling. I'm really, really excited about being a part of it."
Should Team USA reach the championship round, Vogelsong would enjoy home-field advantage. The event finale is scheduled for March 17-19 at AT&T Park.
The 23-man U.S. roster will be revealed Thursday. Other players who have committed include outfielders Ryan Braun of Milwaukee, Adam Jones of Baltimore and Giancarlo Stanton of Miami; New York Mets third baseman David Wright; and Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins.
Arizona exercised Putz's $6.5 million option on Oct. 20, and he would have been eligible for free agency after the 2013 season.
The 35-year-old right-hander had 32 saves in 37 chances and a 2.82 ERA last year.
Loewen spent the 2009-11 seasons in the Blue Jays organization after converting from a pitcher to a position player but was in the New York Mets organization last season.
Anze Kopitar skated at the Los Angeles Kings' training complex with a brace on his sprained right knee, reporting no problems in his comeback from the recent injury.
Kopitar, the Kings' leading scorer the past five seasons, still is unlikely to play in the defending Stanley Cup champions' opener against Chicago on Saturday. He was injured 10 days ago in a collision on the boards while playing in Sweden.
Notre Dame running back Cierre Wood won't be back for his final year of eligibility, announcing he will enter the NFL draft.
Wood was second on the team in rushing this past season with 742 yards on 114 carries.
Two-time U.S. figure skating champion Alissa Czisny has withdrawn from next week's nationals after dislocating her left hip.
Czisny was injured Saturday while performing her free skate at the Fox Cities Invitational in Appleton, Wis. She was treated at a hospital and will have further evaluation.
The U.S. Figure Skating Championships begin Jan. 24 in Omaha, Neb.