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Rays 1B Pena won't play in WBC after surgery 2009-01-30


Rays 1B Pena won't play in WBC after surgery 2009-01-30
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Carlos Pena will sit out the World Baseball Classic following abdominal surgery.

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Tampa Bay's slugging first baseman had minor surgery Jan. 8 in Philadelphia to repair a tear to his lower abdominal muscle. He is expected to be ready for spring training but will be held out of the WBC as a precaution, Rays spokesman Chris Costello said Thursday.

Costello added that the injury should not affect Pena's season.

The 30-year-old Pena was on the Dominican Republic's provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic, which runs from March 5-23.

He led the AL champion Rays with 31 homers and 102 RBIs last season despite missing 20 games with a broken left index finger. Pena also became the first player in franchise history to win a Gold Glove.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: January 30, 2009

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