Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 11/6/12
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 Japan," he said. "I greatly enjoyed being a part of the 2009 championship ball club and I will be supporting this year's team as they look to defend their title." Following the announcement of Darvish' decision, the Rangers also released a statement. "Yu has informed the Rangers of his plans regarding the 2013 World Baseball Classic," the statement read. "We support what had to be a very difficult decision for him to make. He made an outstanding transition in his first year in Major League Baseball and we look forward to another strong season for him in 2013." Darvish, who pitched for seven seasons in Japan, set a career high in starts with the Rangers with 29. He also pitched 198 13 innings (counting wild-card start vs. Baltimore).
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