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Nathan seeks normal spring with Rangers


SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers closer Joe Nathan had an opportunity to pitch for the United States in the World Baseball Classic. He respectfully declined the invitation.

"It's about being smart and wanting to do what's right by the Rangers," Nathan said after the team's first workout on Wednesday. "Just coming in here and having a normal spring seemed like the right thing to do."

Nathan said there are no physical issues that prevented him from pitching in the tournament.

"I threw today and everything was fine," said Nathan, who had 37 saves for the Rangers in 2012. "Last year I got my work in and held up like I normally do. You have your good days and your bad days, but that comes with the territory."

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