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Mike Trout will “probably” participate in the next World Baseball Classic

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The United States has done well in the 2017 World Baseball Classic as it advanced to the second round with a 2-1 record. While the U.S. roster is chock full of All-Stars, it is noticeably lacking baseball’s best talent, namely Mike Trout.

Trout, who debuted in 2011, declined to participate in the WBC in 2013 as well as ’17. However, his interest in the international competition has increased after watching this year’s games and now says he’ll “probably do it” when the WBC comes back around again, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Trout said, “I mean, definitely, in the future, for sure. If I get the opportunity to do it again, I’ll probably do it.” Asked to elaborate on why he declined his most recent invitation, the WBC was likened to the Home Run Derby. To that, Trout responded, “Yeah, that hits it on the nose.”

The 25-year-old phenom is entering his seventh season in the major leagues. He won his second career American League Most Valuable Player Award after hitting .315/.441/.550 with 29 home runs, 100 RBI, 123 runs scored, and 30 stolen bases in 681 plate appearances. Trout is unequivocally the best player in baseball and is well on his way to becoming one of the greatest players to ever live. The U.S. is clearly not competing at full strength with Trout absent from the roster.

The Red Sox are calling up Rafael Devers

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Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are calling up third base prospect Rafael Devers. He’ll be in Seattle for the start of the three-game set between the Sox and Mariners.

Devers, 20, is the top prospect in the Boston system according to MLB Pipeline. He has spent most of his season with Double-A Portland, where he hit .300/.369/.575 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 320 plate appearances. He was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket after the All-Star break. In eight games with Pawtucket, Devers hit .355/.412/.581 with two home runs and four RBI.

There is still just over a week until the non-waiver trade deadline, but perhaps the Red Sox seem confident Devers can be the answer to the third base problem.

Stephen Strasburg exited Sunday’s start with an apparent injury

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It’s not a good day if you’re a star starting pitcher. First Clayton Kershaw, now Stephen Strasburg. The Nationals’ right-hander lasted only two innings in Sunday’s start against the Diamondbacks, leaving with an apparent injury. Strasburg held the D-Backs to a hit and three walks with two strikeouts without allowing a run. Matt Grace relieved him in the third inning.

Including Strasburg’s two innings on Sunday, he’s carrying a 3.25 ERA with a 141/37 K/BB ratio in 121 2/3 innings.

The Nationals should pass along word on Strasburg’s condition shortly.