Verlander decides against World Baseball Classic
Justin Verlander wanted to get in a couple of throwing sessions before deciding whether to take part in the World Baseball Classic. After getting an idea how his arm feels last week, he has decided not to take part.
“I don’t want to have to feel rushed to catch up to where I need to be,” Verlander said.
Verlander threw a couple bullpen sessions before leaving for Pebble Beach last week. He called Team USA manager Joe Torre after that and said he didn’t feel like he could get ready in time.
Verlander said last month that he was undecided about taking part. Games begin in early March, but rosters have to be set by February 20.
“I knew it was going to be a long shot the whole time,” Verlander said, “but I wanted to give it a shot.”
Coincidentally, Team USA added Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez on Saturday. They still have a roster spot open for another pitcher, so they could have added Verlander and Gonzalez both.