Rosters for March's World Baseball Classic are starting to shape up, and it's hard not to root for our guys to sit out the whole thing, especially pitchers. In 2006, Luis Ayala pitched for Mexico, blew out his elbow, had Tommy John surgery and really hasn't been the same since.
So far, none of our best players look like they'll be playing. Early on MLB.com had a post speculating that Ryan Zimmerman might play for the U.S. team, but David Wright and Chipper Jones have both said they'll play, so it looks like he won't make the cut, even if he wanted to play.
The current Nationals who played in 2006 include Pete Orr (Canada), Daniel Cabrera (DR), Jorge Sosa (DR), Wily Mo Pena (DR), Ronnie Belliard (DR), and Gustavo Chacin (Venezuela). Sosa, Cabrera, and Pena probably aren't good enough to make the Dominican team anymore. I assume Roger Bernadina will play for the Netherlands, since he's played for them in internationals competitions in the past. Alberto Gonzalez could find his way onto the Venezuelan team. Regardless, I wouldn't have any problem with any of those guys play.
The guys I would prefer not to see who might play include Shairon Martis (Netherlands), Saul Rivera (PR), and Jesus Flores (Venezuela). And it goes without saying that Shawn Hill shouldn't be pitching for Canada. For these four the injury risk is just too great, and they are too important for the Nationals. Rivera in particular worries me given the innings load he's had the last few years and what we'll be counting on from him this year.