Shoulder issue bumps Bucci from Classic

Characterizing it as “a precautionary thing,” Brewers right-handed pitching prospect Nick Bucci has withdrawn from Team Canada’s World Baseball Classic entry because of what he called a minor shoulder issue.

“Definitely, my passion is with Team Canada, but honestly, having it nipped now is the best thing for me so I can start the season healthy and go from there,” the 22-year-old said.

Bucci said he felt similar aggravation in his shoulder at this time last year, and eventually developed a ‘lat’ injury that delayed his debut until July 18. He made up for some lost time by pitching in the Arizona Fall League and was added to Canada’s Classic roster after reliever Scott Richmond suffered a knee injury playing in Korea. But an issue popped up during Bucci’s physical exam last week that caused the Brewers concern.

He was not sure when he’d be cleared to return to the mound.

“It’s starting to progress [so] we’re just taking it day by day now,” Bucci said. “Being shut down for five days now is better than the season.”

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