The names of players committing to play in the World Baseball Classic are coming fast now. Albert Pujols is likely to play, as we mentioned earlier, and now it seems R.A. Dickey will represent Team USA. Dickey is coming off a Cy Young performance in 2012, but he is also recovering from offseason abdominal surgery.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says Dickey is among a list of multiple players who have decided to play in the WBC for Team USA this season.
Dickey, Pettitte, Kimbrel, Victorino commit to Team USA. Wright, Braun, Stanton, Mauer also in. cbsprt.co/TUaZc4
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 14, 2013
Dickey finished the 2012 season with a 20-6 record and a sparkling 2.73 ERA. He won the National League Cy Young award to the delight of knuckleball fans everywhere. Despite his success, the New York Mets felt it was in their best interest to trade him at the height of his demand. The re-tolled Toronto Blue Jays picked him up for a package of young talent.
Dickey revealed shortly after the season that he had been pitching with a small tear in an abdominal muscle all season long. He underwent minor surgery to repair the muscle and is expected to be 100% if he is not already.