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Francisco Cervelli will not play for Italy in the World Baseball Classic

Feb 16, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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Francisco Cervelli was listed on Italy’s provisional roster when it was announced last month, but it turns out that he will not participate in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Cervelli confirmed this morning that he has withdrawn from the tournament. As it stands right now, the 26-year-old projects to share catching duties with Chris Stewart this season, so his first priority is to stay in Yankees’ camp and secure a spot on the Opening Day roster. Italy will push ahead with Twins’ catcher Drew Butera and Giants’ minor league catcher Tyler LaTorre.

Cervelli is currently being investigated by MLB for his alleged ties to the Miami-based Biogenesis clinic and biochemist Anthony Bosch. He admitted earlier this week to meeting with Bosch following a 2011 foot injury, but he maintains that he never received any performance-enhancing drugs.

  1. uyf1950 - Feb 16, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    I’m sure Cervelli sees this as a golden opportunity to make the 25 man Yankee roster. And not being in camp would have given both Stewart and Romine a head start are winning the job. Smart decision on his part to bypass the WBC.

  2. mybrunoblog - Feb 16, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    It seems like WBC thing is quickly becoming a joke amongst big leaguers. These guys are at the top of their professon. Why risk injury and time away from your employer for a tournament that very few people care about? I wish Texeira would opt out.

    • pisano - Feb 16, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      Actually I wish Tex could raise his BA, and cut down on his K’s.

    • cktai - Feb 17, 2013 at 5:36 AM

      I have yet to see anyone explain why the WBC would pose a bigger injury risk than spring training. Especially for position players.

  3. banger60 - Feb 16, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Obviously his best decision to date.

  4. northbeachtom - Feb 16, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Another slow day in the world of sports.

  5. ctony1216 - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Che peccato. Ma è un buon decisione.

  6. deathmonkey41 - Feb 17, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    He just wants to stay home and eat Gabagool.

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