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January 11, 2013

Joe Nathan considering World Baseball Classic

ARLINGTON -- Joe Nathan is considering playing for the United States in this year's World Baseball Classic.

The Texas Rangers closer said manager Joe Torre has asked Nathan to participate.

"I asked if I could give them an answer in a couple of weeks, and they said no problem," said Nathan, speaking at the Rangers' Fan Fest at the Arlington Convention Center.

"We left it at that."

Nathan played for the U.S. team in the inaugural 2006 WBC but sat out in 2009. But Nathan's top priority is staying healthy for the Rangers in 2013.

"We want to make sure as we hit those later months that I'm as good as I can be for this club," Nathan said. "If the WBC isn't part of that equation, obviously I back out."

The pitching coach for the United States is Greg Maddux, who is a special assistant to Rangers general manager Jon Daniels.

-- Drew Davison

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