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Updated: 02/18/2013 07:59:36AM

Peralta rules out WBC

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Tampa Bay Rays Luke Scott (30) warms up before taking batting practice during the first full squad workout Sunday at Charlotte Sports Park.

Photo by Tom O'Neill

Tampa Bay Rays Evan Longoria (3) fields a ground ball during the Rays first full sqaud workout Sunday at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida.

Photo by Tom O'Neill


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PORT CHARLOTTE — It pained him to say so, but Tampa Bay reliever Joel Peralta officially announced Sunday that he would not take part in the World Baseball Classic.

The right-hander was named to the Dominican Republic’s roster and entered the spring amid concerns that he might be overworked heading into the season.

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