The World Baseball Classic will take place this spring, and as much excitement as it brings the fans of countries all over the world, it also brings a ton of nerves about the potential injuries and fatigue before the season even starts.
The World Baseball Classic isn’t usually a worry for everyday players, but it is a concern for pitchers.
The Mets currently have 10 players on World Baseball Classic national squad rosters. Four of those are members of the bullpen, highlighted by closer Jeurys Familia and Hansel Robles with the Dominican Republic squad.
As far as position players, I’m not really concerned about how Jose Reyes or the Rivera Brothers (no relation) may be playing as much as possible during the WBC. If anything, it’ll help them get the rust off earlier and maybe get their bats hot in time for the season to start.
One player I was a little bit concerned about was Cabrera. He dealt with knee issues last season, and battled his way through them for the last couple of months. He thankfully didn’t need surgery this offseason, but obviously it’s something to keep an eye out for this spring.
Cabrera was supposed to suit up for Venezuela, but was left off the roster last minute. News is that an injury to Freddy Galvis could free up a spot for Cabrera, but he was so mad that I don’t think he’ll be willing to play even if that opening is offered to him.
The Cabrera fan in me wishes he would play for La Vinotinto, but the Mets fan in me is pretty much okay with him just taking it easy in Port St. Lucie in March.
The time away from the team could also be a concern, but I think the Mets have a good handle on that, thankfully. Everyone on this team should know their role, and although some questions are still out there about the outfield, neither Michael Conforto nor Jay Bruce will be away from the Mets throughout Spring Training.