Harden won't pitch for Canada

For the second straight time, injuries will keep Rich Harden from pitching for Canada in the World Baseball Classic.

The Chicago Cubs right-hander, who was listed on Canada's provisional 45-man roster, pulled himself out of consideration as he recovers from a shoulder injury.

"I missed the last [2006] WBC too, because i was coming off surgery, and that just killed me to be in the stands watching ... and this time it will be just as difficult to watch," Harden said, according to the Calgary Herald.

Harden said he has just started a throwing program and March is too soon for him to pitch in games.

The 27-year-old pitcher, who has battled injuries throughout his six-season career, was 10-2 last season in 25 starts for the Oakland Athletics and Cubs with a sparkling 2.07 ERA.