Marlins reliever Renyel Pinto says he will not play for Venezuela in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, opting instead to concentrate on his bullpen job with the Marlins.
"I want to be here," Pinto said Friday outside the Marlins' spring training complex in Jupiter.
Pinto, a left-hander who is on Venezuela's provisional roster for the WBC, was among a handful of pitchers and catchers that reported Friday.
The Marlins will be represented in the WBC by shortstop Hanley Ramirez (Dominican Republic), third baseman Jorge Cantu (Mexico), utility infielder Alfredo Amezaga (Mexico), pitcher Rick Vandenhurk (the Netherlands) and closer Matt Lindstrom (U.S.).
Pinto went 2-5 with a 4.45 ERA in 67 relief appearances for the Marlins last season.