Source: WBC to cover salaries

Updated: March 25, 2013, 4:12 AM ET
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

Players injured during the World Baseball Classic will have their salaries paid by the WBC organization while they are unable to play for their major league teams, according to an MLB source.

That would mean that players such as Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira and Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez will be paid by the WBC during their respective absences.

Teixeira, who makes $22.5 million this season, is expected to miss 8-10 weeks with a partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist. He was injured while taking batting practice with Team USA before the start of its tournament play.

Ramirez, who makes $15.5 million this season, is expected to miss eight weeks with a torn ligament in his right thumb. Ramirez was injured during last Tuesday's WBC title game while playing for the champion Dominican Republic.

Buster Olney | email

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine

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