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Braves RHP Medlen out of WBC

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Atlanta Braves right-hander Kris Medlen has withdrawn from the World Baseball Classic because he and his wife are expecting a child, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Medlen was selected to the USA team. He went 9-0 with an 0.97 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 10 walks in 83 2/3 innings as a starter last season. He also made 38 relief appearances before becoming a starter. For the year, Medlen was 10-1 with a 1.57 ERA in 138 total innings.

He would have been part of a rotation that includes R.A. Dickey, Derek Holland and Ryan Vogelsong.

Also, New York Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte is still not sure if he wants to participate in the WBC, according to the New York Post. He has a Feb. 20 deadline to decide. He could fill Medlen's spot.
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