Luis Ayala will skip World Baseball Classic

Ayala will skip the World Baseball Classic for the first time in his career. (US Presswire)

Orioles reliever Luis Ayala will not pitch for Team Mexico in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, reports MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli. The right-hander pitched in both the 2006 and '09 tournaments.

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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