While he is excited for the upcoming World Baseball Classic, Jason Varitek acknowledges he has some reservations about leaving camp. But the Red Sox are confident the veteran catcher, as well as the team's new pitchers, can overcome his absence.
Should he stay or should he go? C.C. Sabathia can't seem to decide. The Indians' ace wants to represent his country in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, but he also wants to do right by his big-league club. Sabathia will have to decide on Wednesday.
After Jays outfielder Vernon Wells took part in an intrasquad game and pushed himself in running drills with no lingering pain in his left leg Tuesday, he told reporters that he had made his decision to suit up for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.
Four national baseball squads will converge in Arizona next Tuesday to begin play of the inaugural World Baseball Classic. The top two teams in Pool B will advance to the second round, which will be held March 12-16 in Anaheim.
Given its talent, expectations and the fact that it won't have to face any of the tough Latin American teams until the tournament's final game, Team USA certainly has the advantage in next month's World Baseball Classic.
Vernon Wells' absence from camp on Wednesday signaled the first minor setback for the Blue Jays and perhaps Team USA. It was revealed that Wells has been nursing a strained left quadriceps since Sunday, when he injured the leg while lifting weights.
Arriving at camp in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Alex Rodriguez said he has accepted Ozzie Guillen's apology for criticizing him for wavering about his participation in the World Baseball Classic and is looking forward to helping the U.S. win the tournament.
Randy Winn, San Francisco's lone representative on the U.S. team in the WBC, says the Americans may not be so verbal about the tournament now, but just wait until they put on the red, white and blue uni, wait until the crowds show up and the competition starts.
Bill Hall, who was on the U.S. provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic, is hoping the WBC will come calling if a spot should open up. Hall also plans to continue contract talks with the Brewers, who are interested in offering him a multiyear deal.
Ozzie Guillen called his first press conference of Spring Training to clarify his thoughts and express his regret about recent comments regarding Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.