Cardinals righthander Mitchell Boggs has been selected as a reliever for Team USA and its roster in the World Baseball Classic.

"When you look at the other guys who are going to be in the bullpen, it's a pretty impressive group," Boggs said about his selection. "I'm real excited about it, real excited about this opportunity."

Boggs led the National League in holds and set a club record with 34 holds in 2012. Most of his work came in the eighth inning.

He threw off the mound for the first time this winter Wednesday.