Darvish not pitching in WBC
The Rangers have released a statement from Yu Darvish saying that he is not pitching in the World Baseball Classic next Spring. Darvish was on the team from Japan that won the WBC in 2009.
Here is the statement:
After much deliberation, which has included a lot of consultation with my coaches and
trainers, I have decided that I will not play in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. This
was a very difficult decision for me as it is always a tremendous honor to represent my
native country of Japan. I greatly enjoyed being a part of the 2009 Championship
ballclub and I will be supporting this year’s team as they look to defend their title. There
are many very talented players in Japan and I am confident this team will uphold
Japan’s great tradition in this event.
Given my substantial workload over the last few seasons and the numerous changes
I’ve endured in my move to the United States, I have decided with my team of advisors
that getting ample rest is the most important thing for me right now as I prepare for the
2013 season. My ultimate goal is to help win a World Series with the Texas Rangers
and to share that accomplishment with the great baseball fans in Japan. I look forward
to next season and am excited about our chances of winning.
I thank everyone for their understanding with my decision.