Dustin Pedroia won’t be playing in World Baseball Classic this time around
|01.15.13 at 12:37 pm ET|
Dustin Pedroia confirmed to WEEI.com Tuesday afternoon that he will not be participating in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. The Red Sox expressed concern to Team USA about the second baseman joining the team due to his recovering from injuries to his fingers (break, torn ligament).
Pedroia was part of Team USA in 2009 before straining his oblique muscle while doing flip drills before a game in Miami. (The infielder chronicled his WBC experience in a series of blogs for WEEI.com, which can be viewed by clicking here.)
Sources have confirmed that Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino has agreed to play for Team USA, having told WEEI.com during his introductory press conference that he was awaiting approval from his new team. Victorino was also a member of the ’09 team.
Major League Baseball is set to announce the WBC rosters Thursday.
Latest from Bleacher Report
- Unexpected Trades Red Sox Could Pull Off This Offseason
- Dream Free-Agent Pickups for Red Sox
- Red Sox Free Agency News and Trade Rumors
- Should Red Sox Trade Cespedes This Offseason?
- Red Sox's Most Tradeable Assets for Offseason
- Uehara Inks 2-Year Extension with Sox
- Possible Trade Partners, Packages for Cespedes
- Rookie Dev Program notes: Ramos healthy, Swihart looks back
- Mookie Betts is prepared for whatever 2015 may bring
- Brian Johnson prepared to follow up stellar 2014 campaign
- Fall/Winter League Roundup: Weeks helps Mayaguez advance to finals
- Rookie Development Program easing transition for young players
- Offseason Notes: Veterans Bianchi, Boggs highlight minor league signings
- Red Sox acquire Danny Rosenbaum from Nationals for Dan Butler
- Red Sox announce front office moves
- Fall/Winter League Roundup: Playoffs begin, Marban pitches well in Australia
- Betts, Castillo highlight Red Sox Rookie Development Program participants