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Busting the WBC injury myth

Updated: January 17, 2013, 1:27 PM ET
By Jayson Stark

No Bryce Harper. No Mike Trout. No Justin Verlander. No Clayton Kershaw.

No World Baseball Classic for them this year. So here's my question:

What are they afraid of?

We all know the answer, right? They're afraid of getting hurt, screwing up their season before it starts, letting down their team and ticking off the folks who run their respective teams.

Hey, sure they are. But here's another question:

Have they checked the facts?

MLB has done ...

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