New York Mets Starter Withdraws From WBC Due To Injury; Undergoing Tests

The New York Mets have been dealing with some injuries to start their spring.

Now, starter Jose Quintana has announced that he is withdrawing from competing for Team Colombia in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Quintana was pulled from his start on Sunday due to tightness in his side and back so, rather than risking further injury, he's opted to take some time to rest and recover. 

He's set to undergo testing on Monday.

The 34-year-old signed a two-year, $24 million contract with the Mets this offseason after posting career-best numbers with a 2.93 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 137 strikeouts across 165.2 innings last year between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals.  

Quintana is the only left-handed pitcher in the Mets rotation, so this injury is all the more notable for the team.

It remains to be seen if he'll be ready in time for Opening Day.
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