KANSAS CITY -- The two-time champion Japanese are going to participate in next year's World Baseball Classic. There is no word yet whether Yu Darvish will join them. The Japanese agreed to play in the tournament on Tuesday after a dispute was resolved over shares of revenue. Japanese players were unhappy with their share of the revenues from the previous tournaments. That has been resolved, but Darvish declined to discuss his possible participation in the tournament next year. "It's still in the middle of the season," Darvish said in a statement released through the Rangers. "I have no comment on that issue right now."
Manager Ron Washington also declined to discuss the situation. "We've got the Kansas City Royals here on Sept. 4," Washington said. "It's too early to be talking about that. That issue will be answered when it's time. But I'm glad they decided to play." Darvish pitched for Japan in 2009 and was 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA in two starts and three relief appearances. Rangers reliever Koji Uehara was on the Japan team that won the inaugural 2006 World Baseball Classic and he was 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in three starts. He did not play in 2009 because it was his first spring in the Major Leagues after signing with the Orioles.