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U.S. closers Nathan, Ryan to miss WBC

Updated: March 2, 2009, 9:14 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Joe Nathan of the Minnesota Twins and B.J. Ryan of the Toronto Blue Jays are skipping the World Baseball Classic, leaving the United States without a pair of first-rate relievers.

A three-time All-Star, Nathan bowed out Sunday after experiencing soreness in his pitching shoulder the previous five days.

"I think we backed off it early enough to where it won't be an issue," said Nathan, who aggravated the AC joint, which connects the collarbone and clavicle at the ...

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