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Valverde won't pitch in WBC

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Free-agent relief pitcher Jose Valverde has been removed from the Dominican Republic team roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic because of an unspecified personal issue, the team announced on Friday.

Valverde was replaced on the Dominican roster by Lorenzo Barcelo.

Valverde had 35 saves and a 3.78 ERA for the Detroit Tigers last season. However, the Tigers decided not re-sign him after his three-year contract expired after last season, and no other team has signed him yet.

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