Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price will not play for the United States in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Price said he would be honored to participate, but there is "no chance" he will play. He added that he didn't think the Rays would let him play, anyway.
The WBC includes teams from 16 nations, which are broken into four pools for the preliminary round. The United States is in a pool with Mexico, Italy and Canada, and will play all three teams. The games begin on March 7, which also coincides with spring training. Price said that he couldn't be game-ready by the time the WBC begins, and so rather than risking any injuries, he will be in Rays camp focusing on the MLB season ahead.
Price won 20 games in 2012 and finished the year with a 2.56 ERA, and those numbers were good enough to earn him the AL Cy Young Award.