According to the Red Sox brass, Manny Ramirez will not be participating in the World Baseball Classic. This means that if he reports on March 1, as promised, he will not leave on the 2nd to join the Dominican team. Actually, this works out to give Manny more time in Red Sox camp than if he had arrived on time and played in the WBC. Perhaps the Sox and Manny made a deal in which Manny agreed to not play in the WBC in return for permission to arrive late for camp.
Of course, the team claims that they did not ask him to pull out of the event.