Los Angeles Times

Orioles reliever Luis Ayala will not pitch in World Baseball Classic

Orioles reliever Luis Ayala has decided he will not pitch for Mexico in next month’s World Baseball Classic.

Because Ayala’s winter ball team in Mexico won the Caribbean Series championship, his winter ball season just ended 11 days ago.

While five Orioles players plan on playing in the WBC  – center fielder Adam Jones (United States), pitcher Pedro Strop (Dominican Republic), infielder Jonathan Schoop (Netherlands), catcher Chris Robinson (Canada) and catcher Allan de San Miguel (Australia) – Ayala is the third Orioles pitcher to decide he will not play. Closer Jim Johnson (United States) and starter Miguel Gonzalez (Mexico) both declined invitations to pitch in the WBC.

“It’s a catch-22 because there’s a lot of guys that, I went through it myself, you come back from winter ball, you pitched a lot of innings and it’s how much time to take off,” Orioles pitching coach Rick Adair said. “When to get ready? Do you stop completely? Obviously he’s not stopped completely but we got to stretch out the recovery time but still pitch. It’s going to take a lot of input from Luis as to how he’s feeling as to what we do.”

Ayala has been slowed during camp, throwing just one bullpen through the first six days of spring training camp.

The Mexican WBC roster had been in limbo because the Mexican Baseball League – the country’s professional summer league – did not want its players to participate in the WBC. In Mexico, Ayala’s rights belong to one of those teams, Saltillo.

“It’s got to be a tough decision,” Adair said. “You won the Caribbean series, go through all that. Obviously he loves his country. But whatever reasons he has decided not to and I’m sure he’s kind of gone back and forth on that.”

Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times
Related Content
  • Get to know the 2015 Orioles

    Get to know the 2015 Orioles

  • Time-lapse from Orioles home opener

    Time-lapse from Orioles home opener

    Baseball returns to Camden Yards as the Orioles take on the Blue Jays in their home opener. (Christopher T. Assaf/Baltimor

  • Orioles in April

    Orioles in April

    Browse pictures of Orioles baseball games in April 2015.

  • Orioles Opening Day at Camden Yards

    Orioles Opening Day at Camden Yards

    Look through photos from Orioles Opening Day festivities at Camden Yards on April 10. The Orioles will face the Toronto Blue Jays in their 62nd home opener in Baltimore. 

  • Orioles player salaries for 2015

    Orioles player salaries for 2015

    With the 2015 baseball season just underway, USA Today has released its annual comprehensive list of player salaries. The publication gathers the data from "documents obtained from the MLB Players Association, club officials and filed with Major League Baseball's central office. Deferred payments...

  • All-Time Greatest Orioles

    All-Time Greatest Orioles

    In the six decades since they returned to the American League, 982 players have suited up for the Orioles. Who are the all-time best? Here are The Baltimore Sun's picks — six men at each position, except outfield and starting pitcher (nine apiece). We ranked the top six managers, too, from 1954...

Comments
Loading
83°