Shin-Soo Choo to miss the World Baseball Classic

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It’s been a while since I thought a lot about the World Baseball Classic, so my judgment as to what constitutes important news vis-a-vis the World Baseball Classic is a little off. I’m going to guess, though, that Shin-Soo Choo not playing in it is relatively notable:

Choo’s agent, Scott Boras, said in a recent interview that the 30-year-old instead will focus his efforts on preparing for the 2013 regular season — his final one before becoming a free agent. Choo also may need to adjust to a new team during spring training, since it’s possible the Cleveland Indians will trade him between now and then.

Understandable, but that’s tough stuff for Korea, which lost in the finals in 2009 and made the semis in 2006. The next notable big league player from Korea — Ryu Hyun-Jin — is also a Boras client and will also be skipping the WBC as he adjusts to a new scene.

Danny Farquhar is “progressing well” after surgery

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The White Sox announced yesterday that pitcher Danny Farquhar, who suffered a brain aneurysm on Friday night, is “progressing well” after undergoing brain surgery.

The White Sox say that Farquhar has use of his extremities, is able to respond to questions and commands and can speak to doctors and to his family. He remains in critical but “neurologically stable” condition, according to the statement.

As reported earlier, he’ll likely remain in the hospital for three weeks. There has been no discussion about his future in baseball, but Bob Nightengale reported yesterday that, according to neurologists with whom he spoke, the recovery from the sort of aneurysm which felled Farquhar is measured in “months, not weeks,” and it’s possible that he never pitches again.