After pitching 191 innings in his rookie season and expecting to surpass 200 in 2013, Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish has elected not to play with the Japanese entry in the World Baseball Classic.

"Given my substantial workload over the last few seasons and the numerous changes I've endured in my move to the United States, I have decided with my team of advisers that getting ample rest is the most important thing for me right now as I prepare for the 2013 season," Darvish said in a statement released by the Rangers.

"My ultimate goal is to help win a World Series with the Texas Rangers and to share that accomplishment with the great baseball fans in Japan."

Darvish was 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 13 innings in the 2009 WBC. He then averaged 217 innings in the next two seasons in Japan. But, due to the shorter season in Japan, he did not appear in more than 28 games in each of those two seasons.

He made a career high 29 regular-season starts for the Rangers in 2012.

Read Darvish's full statement below:

"After much deliberation, which has included a lot of consultation with my coaches and

trainers, I have decided that I will not play in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. This

was a very difficult decision for me as it is always a tremendous honor to represent my

native country of Japan. I greatly enjoyed being a part of the 2009 Championship

ballclub and I will be supporting this year's team as they look to defend their title. There

are many very talented players in Japan and I am confident this team will uphold

Japan's great tradition in this event.

Given my substantial workload over the last few seasons and the numerous changes

I've endured in my move to the United States, I have decided with my team of advisors

that getting ample rest is the most important thing for me right now as I prepare for the

2013 season. My ultimate goal is to help win a World Series with the Texas Rangers

and to share that accomplishment with the great baseball fans in Japan. I look forward

to next season and am excited about our chances of winning.

I thank everyone for their understanding with my decision."