Showing posts with label 2013 WBC. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2013 WBC. Show all posts

Friday, March 15, 2013

David Wright scratched from WBC with sore ribs

David Wright was scratched from tonight's World Baseball Classic game against the Dominican Republic with sore ribs.

Wright said he began feeling discomfort in his left ribs about a week ago when Team USA began preparing for the WBC with workouts in Arizona. He said the Team USA injury reports sent up "red flags'' to the Mets when they saw them in Port St. Lucie, and that he received a call from trainer Ray Ramirez on Thursday.

Wright later conferred with Torre and Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, and the decision was made that the third baseman should sit out against the Dominicans.

Wright said the injury bothers him more when he's "lounging around'' than when he's playing, and added that he's had difficulty sleeping in recent days because of the discomfort. Although he plans to lobby to continue playing in the WBC, he said his first priority is to be at full strength for the Mets in time for the regular season.

"Sandy said he knows I'm disappointed,'' Wright said, "and I told him I wouldn't do anything to jeopardize Opening Day. We both agreed that this was a decision that had to be made.

"I owe it to the Mets to listen to them and be ready for Opening Day. That's extremely important to me. It's something I obviously don't want to jeopardize.''

Friday, February 15, 2013

Mets tell Johan Santana not to participate in WBC

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the New York Mets have informed left-hander Johan Santana that the organization prefers he not participate in the World Baseball Classic. As a result, the two-time Cy Young Award winner is unlikely to represent his native Venezuela in next month's tournament.

"I would love to play, but I don't think they want me to," Santana said. "They might make it official. I don't know. ... As of right now, I don't think the chances are very high."

Santana said he very much wanted to represent Venezuela, as he did in the inaugural WBC in 2006. He was especially eager after ending last season on the disabled list, he added.

Yet Santana also understands the Mets have $31 million invested in him for this season, including a buyout of his vesting option for 2014. And with Santana less than two years removed from major shoulder surgery and having ended last season on the disabled list, it clearly is most prudent for the Mets not to have Santana pitch in the WBC.

The Mets have veto power over his participation.

Santana technically is ineligible right now anyway, since a WBC committee first would have to agree to insure his contract.

Final WBC rosters must be submitted by Wednesday. Venezuela opens play against the Dominican Republic in San Juan on March 7.
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