Mets In The World Baseball Classic

On Sunday, players will flee big league training camp for their respective WBC camps, and the Mets will be a little thin on talent over the next month or so. Here's who they'll be missing (hat tip David Lennon for the list):

Australia
Stefan Welch

Canada
Shawn Bowman

Dominican Republic
Jose Reyes

Mexico
Elmer Dessens
Oliver Perez

Panama
Ruben Tejada

Puerto Rico
Pedro Feliciano
Nelson Figueroa
Alex Cora
Carlos Delgado
Carlos Beltran
Jesus Feliciano

United States
J.J. Putz
David Wright

Venezuela
Francisco Rodriguez

This list doesn't include Johan Santana, who will be sitting out the WBC because it would border on criminally stupid for the Mets' most important pitcher to compete in a (mostly) meaningless nationalistic baseball tournament after he underwent offseason knee surgery for one reason or another. So if you're making the great schlep to Port St. Lucie this spring to see the Mets, well, at least Johan'll be there.

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