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Santana May Not Pitch In WBC

December 27, 2008

Johan Santana, the Mets’ ace, may not pitch in the World Baseball Classic this year. Coming off a minor knee surgery, The Mets feel it would be better for Johan to not disrupt his normal preparation before opening day.

“He should be OK, but we’re going to be conservative,” Minaya said. “If we have a little bit of doubt or concern, we’d rather have him not play. We’re pro-Classic, but we always have to be mindful and protective of our players.” –   Source:  Ben Shpigel/New York Times

That said, I think it’s a good move on Omar’s part to talk to Johan and advise him to keep away from the Baseball Classic this year. Even though it was a minor operation,it’s still an operation and the more precautions you take the less likely it’ll be that he will get hurt and miss out part or most of the season.

Santana pitched for Venezuela in the first WBC in ’06.

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