A report out of Puerto Rico reports that Javier Vazquez will not pitch in the World Baseball Classic and will not return to Major League Baseball this year.
Javier Vazquez is out of WBC and will not pitch in MLB this year, according to @nasty_rodriguez, editor of El Nuevo Dia in Puerto Rico.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 27, 2013
James Wagner of the Washington Post confirms the report, adding that Vazquez is having right meniscus surgery.
Javier Vasquez pulls out of WBC for Puerto Rico & won’t pitch in majors this yr b/c of right meniscus surgery. Confirming @nasty_rodriguez.
— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) February 27, 2013
That rules out a return for Vazquez to the Washington Nationals organization if it is true and means that the Nationals will have to make due with the pitching depth they currently have and possibly even less should Chris Young opt out of his contract in late March.
Vazquez was looking to return from a year off of baseball but after throwing for some teams this off-season, suffered a set back and seems to have chosen either another year off or retirement.