(CBS Seattle / MLB.com) – Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez has his native Venezuela excited and his Major League Baseball club nervous. The 2010 Cy Young Winner says he wants to pitch in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Hernandez said prior to his final start of the season on Monday that he had been discussing the tournament with Mariners officials. Hernandez joined Venezuela’s team in 2009 when it advanced to the semifinals.
The idea of star players participating in the tournament typically irritates MLB managers because of the increased risk of injury and potential fatigue issues for the subsequent regular season.
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge said the WBC is a “personal” choice for players, and the club will work with those who want to play.
Former San Diego Padres ace Jake Peavy pitched in the 2006 WBC and got off to the worst start of his career for the 2006 regular season. Peavy, who logged just eight innings in the tournament, finished the first month of the Padres 2006 campaign with a 1-3 record and a 5.17 ERA.
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