Rivera has no plans to pitch for Panama in WBC

Updated: February 6, 2006, 2:34 PM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- After working out Monday at the New York Yankees' minor-league complex, New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera reaffirmed that he doesn't plan to pitch for Panama in next month's World Baseball Classic.

Mariano Rivera

"I won't be ready," Rivera said.

Included on Panama's 60-man provisional roster, the 36-year-old right-hander may not start his regular throwing program until next week. The Yankees have taken a slow approach when it comes to Rivera's preseason throwing the last few years.

Also Monday, reliever Octavio Dotel played catch with special pitching instructor Rich Monteleone. Dotel, who had ligament-replacement surgery on his right elbow last year, will likely start the season on the disabled list.

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