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Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish, who helped lead Japan to a gold medal in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, has opted to skip the contest next year.
"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," Darvish said in a statement. "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."
Darvish went 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in the 2009 WBC, earning the win in the championship game against Korea.
But Darvish has been busy since then, making the transition to the majors and a new country.
The decision not to play was a tough one for Darvish.
"This was a very difficult decision for me as it is always a tremendous honor to represent my native country of Japa...
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Yu Darvish decided that he won't pitch for his native Japan in the World Baseball Classic next spring, and will instead focus on preparing for his second season in the major leagues.
The Texas Rangers right-hander issued a statement Tuesday that he made the decision after much deliberation, including consultation with his coaches and trainers.
''Given my substantial...
Yu Darvish helped Japan win its second consecutive World Baseball Classic title in 2009, pitching in five games and posting an ERA of just 2.08.
As the country goes for its third straight title, it will have to do so without the Texas Rangers ace. According to Yahoo! Sports, Darvish will not partake in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
“Given my substantial workload over the last...
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No, Yu Darvish is not injured. Like most players, he did battle injuries throughout the 2012 season. However, Darvish's decision to skip the World Baseball Classic is more about staying healthy than recovering from an injury. The Texas Rangers star was originally going to pitch for Japan in the WBC, but he announced yesterday that he would not do so.
Here is the statement...