Peralta out of WBC?
Rays RHP Joel Peralta seems likely to withdraw from the World Baseball Classic.
Peralta was named to the provisional roster for the Dominican Republic team.
He already was weighing withdrawing based on team concerns about his off-season workload, and now has a further issue in that he has been sidelined in camp and yet to throw a bullpen due to a stiff neck sustained Tuesday.
Peralta planned to talk later Friday with reps of the Dominican team, and manager Joe Maddon said there would be an annoucement forthcoming shortly.
Rays closer Fernando Rodney (D.R.), catcher Jose Molina (Puerto Rico) and infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist (U.S.) are still planning to play.