Espinosa to play for Team Mexico in Classic

Espinosa to play for Team Mexico in Classic

Nationals shortstop Danny Espinosa has decided to play for Team Mexico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, according to MLB Network insider Jon Paul Morosi. The Nationals or Team Mexico haven't confirmed the report.

Espinosa, who grew up in an all-Hispanic community in California, adds to a talented infield for Mexico alongside first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Espinosa will be making his first appearance in the Classic after deciding to sit out the tournament in 2013 as he was recovering from a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder. The 29-year-old struggled to a .209 average in 2016, but he did hit 24 home runs with 72 RBIs.

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Team Mexico will play host to Pool D during the opening round of the World Baseball Classic, with its opening game against Italy scheduled for March 9 in the Estadio Charros de Jalisco in Guadalajara. Puerto Rico and Venezuela round out the four teams in Pool D.

Matt Kelly is a reporter for based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.