Because the Marlins are counting on Anibal Sanchez to be a healthy member of their starting rotation for the duration of the regular season, they don't want the right-hander risking possible injury by taking part in the World Baseball Classic. As such, the Marlins invoked their right to prevent Sanchez from participating in the WBC with his home country of Venezuela.
"Our plan is not allow him to do so," said Larry Beinfest, the Marlins' president of baseball operations. "We've talked too him and submitted the denial based on the criteria for DL days and injury status. We're fully supportive of the WBC and having our guys play, but this was one thing where we...thought it was best for him to stay in camp with us."
The Marlins have several players participating in the WBC, including closer Matt Lindstrom (United States), Hanley Ramirez (Dominican Republic) and Jorge Cantu and Alfredo Amezaga (Mexico). But the Marlins said no to Sanchez, who went 2-5 last season while coming off shoulder surgery that caused him to miss all but six starts in 2007.
Sanchez said he is not upset with the Marlins' decision.
"That's the team's decision and I'm going to respect that," Sanchez said. "If they don't want me to pitch in the World Baseball Classic, that's fine. I want to be healthy for the whole season."
CARAVAN NEWS: Coming up on the Marlins caravan: a 7 p.m. stop Tuesday at Smith & Wollensky at 1 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Expected to attend: Fredi Gonzalez, Tony Perez, Jeff Conine, Jack McKeon, Andre Dawson, Mike Hill, Larry Beinfest, David Samson, Gaby Sanchez, Ricky Nolasco, John Baker and Cody Ross.
Tickets are $55 (plus gratuity and tax) and can be obtained by calling 305-673-2800. The cost includes food, drinks and baseball talk.