Because he was promised only sporadic playing time in the World Baseball Classic, infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr. opted out and instead will remain in camp with the Pirates.
De Jesus was on the Puerto Rico's provisional roster, but took his name off the list before final rosters were set Thursday night.
“It was a really tough decision,” he said. “If they had told me I was going to play every day, I would've gone. I wish the best to Puerto Rico, but they're not going to pay the bills by me going over there for a couple weeks. My bills are here and my dream is here.”
De Jesus was one of four players acquired Dec. 26 when closer Joel Hanrahan was dealt to the Red Sox. De Jesus, a non-roster invitee, is fighting for a roster spot as a backup infielder.
“I want to play for my country, but I don't want to miss one or two weeks (of spring training),” de Jesus said. “The coaches and staff here really don't know me yet. I need to have them see me play.”
De Jesus will skip WBC, remain in camp
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