NASHVILLE — American League rookie of the year Mike Trout is among the players Team USA has requested be made available for the World Baseball Classic in March, but no decision has been made on whether the Angels’ star outfielder will play.
Many general managers and managers fear the WBC poses an injury risk, and Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto would probably block the participation of players such as Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, who underwent minor surgeries after the season. But if a player is healthy, Dipoto, a proponent of the WBC, won't stand in the way.
"I think the WBC is a great opportunity for Major League Baseball to operate on center stage worldwide," Dipoto said, "and there’s something really neat about representing your country, no matter where you’re from."