Diamondbacks OF David Peralta likely out of WBC after wrist surgery

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta likely will not play in the 2017 World Baseball Classic for Venezuela as he recovers from wrist surgery, he said Tuesday.

"I was really looking forward to that, at least to be a backup outfielder," Peralta told the Arizona Republic. "I just wanted to be a part of that experience, with all the superstars that are going to be on our team in Venezuela, but things happen for a reason. I have to concentrate on getting better and recovering fast so I can help the team and be ready for next year."

The 29-year-old Peralta, who is on the 60-day DL after having surgery in August to move a tendon in his wrist, instead hopes to be ready for spring training.

He had three stints on the DL this season and played only 48 games, with just four home runs and 15 RBIs. In 2015, Peralta hit .292 with 29 home runs and 129 RBIs.

"You use your hands to hit," Peralta told the paper. "If something is wrong with your hands, it's impossible to execute."