|Ayala will skip the World Baseball Classic for the first time in his career. (US Presswire)|
Ayala, 35, was a workhorse for Baltimore last season, throwing 75 innings across 66 appearances. He posted a 2.64 ERA and a 49-percent ground ball rate after managing a 2.09 ERA in 56 innings for the Yankees in 2011. Ayala somewhat famously blew out his elbow in the 2006 WBC, an injury that required season-ending Tommy John surgery.
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