The New York Yankees won't allow right-hander Luis Severino to participate in the World Baseball Classic, which kicks off March 7.

"We support our players going (to the WBC), but when you have a player like Luis Severino who has had an injury history the last few years, of course, he wanted to play and represent his country, but that's not in our best interest given losing him so far over the last few years," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said during an appearance on 670 The Score.

"Having him pitch competitive, championship-pending, World Baseball Classic, I think ends in March, versus preparation innings in March for your long-haul season, that was a decision I had to make."