Wednesday, March 1, 2006
Majewski, Leiter to replace Wagner, Sabathia
PHOENIX -- New York Mets closer Billy Wagner and Cleveland
pitcher C.C. Sabathia withdrew Wednesday from the U.S. roster for
the World Baseball Classic and were replaced by Washington
right-hander Gary Majewski and Yankees left-hander Al Leiter.
Leiter becomes the fourth player from the Yankees on the 30-man
roster, joining shortstop Derek Jeter, third baseman Alex Rodriguez
and center fielder Johnny Damon.
Two other Nationals are on the team: closer Chad Cordero and
catcher Brian Schneider.
The roster for the first round, initially announced Feb. 14, has
to be finalized by noon ET Wednesday.
Wagner, who signed a $43 million, four-year contract with the
Mets during the offseason, said he needed more time to get his arm
"I just didn't feel like I was ready yet," the left-hander
said in Port St. Lucie, Fla. "I want to do what's right for me and
my country, and I'm not a very good pitcher in March. I didn't want
to hurt the [WBC] team."
"Although I would love to pitch in the inaugural World Baseball
Classic and am proud to represent my country, I will not be ready
to pitch in a competitive-game environment when play begins on
March 7," Sabathia said in a statement released by the Indians.