Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, who underwent minor surgery on his right knee after last season, will not play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, General Manager Jerry Dipoto confirmed on Monday.
Pujols, through his agent, expressed a desire to play in the WBC, which will be held in early March, but because of liability issues related to his surgery, he was not cleared by Major League Baseball or the players union to participate.
Pujols hit .285 with 30 home runs, 105 runs batted in and 50 doubles last season but was relegated to designated hitter for much of September after suffering his knee injury. Shortstop Erick Aybar (Dominican Republic) is the only player on the Angels major league roster who will play in the WBC.
Dipoto also said that closer Ryan Madson, who signed a one-year, 3.5-million deal with the Angels after missing all of 2012 because of Tommy John surgery, will not pitch in exhibition games until mid-March, a schedule that could prevent...