B.J. Rains reports that Jason Motte will turn down an invitation to play in the World Baseball Classic, partially because he and his wife are expecting a baby at the end of January.

Like I said about Adam Wainwright, I’m always going to be OK with players on my team opting not to play. I know coaches and managers of these teams are fully aware of the responsibility they have of protecting players that aren’t truly theirs, but injuries are apart of the game, and nothing is guaranteed.