Phillies' Howard, Hamels, Lidge to skip WBC

Updated: December 20, 2008, 2:54 AM ET
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The Philadelphia Phillies apparently got enough baseball during the playoffs.

Or at least it would appear so as three members of the World Series winning team have decided not to play in the World Baseball Classic, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

First baseman Ryan Howard and pitchers Cole Hamels and Brad Lidge all told Team USA they do not want to be considered for the roster.

"[Howard] feels like he needs to spend his time in the spring getting ready for the season so he gets off to a better start," Team USA manager Davey Johnson told the Inquirer.

Howard has started slowly the last two seasons but finished fifth and second in National League MVP voting in 2007 and 2008, respectively. He won the award in 2006.

"We'll miss him," Johnson told the Inquirer, speaking of Howard. "We would have liked to have had his bat in the middle of our order."

Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins will make the team, according to Johnson.