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Willing Lugo won't play in Classic

While a number of players have dropped out of the World Baseball Classic, Julio Lugo said he is disappointed he will not be playing.

The Devil Rays shortstop, who is on the Dominican Republic's provisional roster, said he was not selected for the 30-man team that has yet to be announced.

"I'm not going," Lugo said Sunday. "I'm not going not because I don't want to go. I'm not going because they didn't pick me.

"I guess they're going with someone else."

Other shortstops on the Dominican Republic's provisional roster include the Orioles' Miguel Tejada, the Indians' Jhonny Peralta and the White Sox's Juan Uribe.

The Dominican Republic plays its first game March 7 against Venezuela at Disney's Wide World of Sports.

INJURY UPDATE: Left-hander Mark Hendrickson said he met with team orthopedic physician Koco Eaton and mapped out his continuing rehab for a bruised right femur.

Hendrickson said he will throw today off a "half-slope" mound to start the gradual process of throwing off a full-size mound.

Hendrickson, who threw Saturday on level ground, said, "It hurt a couple times when I threw across my body. Straight on is pretty good.

"I think it's one of those things when I throw straight it's going to take off some of that pressure and hopefully help it."

Centerfielder Joey Gathright said the infection in his left thigh that forced him to cut short Saturday's workout was addressed. Team spokesman Rick Vaughn said the problem was an ingrown hair that was removed.

3-D VIEW: Each player on the 40-man roster had his head scanned for 3-D images that will be used in video games. Images were inputted while players sat in a rotating chair that provided the scanner different angles.

Pitcher Scott Kazmir, a huge video game fan, said he was told the images will create the most realistic figures yet.

"New things like that, it's cool," he said. "It will make the games more fun and exciting. I like different stuff like that."

Said pitcher Doug Waechter: "It was pretty cool. I've never done anything like that. It'll be exciting to see what it looks like."

INTRASQUAD PITCHERS: Seventeen pitchers are expected to throw in an intrasquad game at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Naimoli complex, including right-handers Waechter and Edwin Jackson, who will start for their respective teams.

Also scheduled: Shinji Mori, Jamie Shields, Jesus Colome, Shawn Camp, Jon Switzer, Bart Miadich, Mark Malaska, Ruddy Lugo, Jose Rodriguez, Dan Miceli, Chad Harville, Carlos Hines, Jack Cressend, Justin Miller and Tony Peguero.

Manager Joe Maddon said each inning will end with a completed defensive play, most likely a bunt the pitchers will field.

GOLF OUTING: The Rays at 12:30 p.m. today hold their fifth annual charity golf tournament at the Vinoy golf course benefiting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay, the St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation and the team's field renovation program.


MARC TOPKIN, Times staff writers