Wieters passes on chance to play in WBC

Wieters passes on chance to play in WBC
February 15, 2013, 10:15 am
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SARASOTA, Fla. – Adam Jones will leave the Orioles early next month to play for the U.S. team in the World Baseball Classic. Matt Wieters won’t be joining him.

Wieters and Jim Johnson declined opportunities to play in the WBC.

“I definitely considered it,” Wieters said on Friday.

“It’s something to where for me as a catcher it’s important for me to get in here and learn the new guys as well as try and just get on the same page with the starters.”

Last year, Wieters started 132 times and didn’t miss any time because of injury.

“I always think it’s harder for a catcher to be able to miss time in spring training than anybody else,” Wieters said.

Luis Ayala, who on Thursday said he’d have a decision on his participation on Mexico’s team today, said he would wait until Saturday before deciding.

On Thursday, manager Buck Showalter denied trying to influence players, but he clearly prefers that they stay in camp with the rest of the team.

Pedro Strop (Dominican Republic), Jonathan Schoop (Netherlands), Allan De San Miguel (Australia) and Chris Robinson (Canada) will all participate for their countries.

Miguel Gonzalez declined an opportunity to play for Mexico.