Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that the team has veto power over whether Johan Santana will pitch for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic.
While Alderson didn't come right out and say it, it's clear that the Mets would prefer that he doesn't participate. "It's a complicated situation, just because of his injury and the fact that he did not pitch at the end of last season," said Alderson. "As a result, he has to go through a physical and a review panel. But ultimately he needs our permission to play. And what we're going to do is take a look at it over the next few days."