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Mets bullpen coach departs for Classic


JUPITER, Fla. -- David Wright is not the only Mets employee headed to the World Baseball Classic.

Bullpen coach Ricky Bones departed the team Sunday to serve as pitching coach for Team Puerto Rico in the Classic. Bones, a Puerto Rican native, began working as New York's bullpen coach last season. Prior to that he was a pitching coach for six years in the Mets' Minor League system.

Bones compiled a 63-82 career record with a 4.85 ERA over 11 seasons as a pitcher for the Padres, Brewers, Yankees, Reds, Royals, Orioles and Marlins.

Minor League catcher Francisco Pena also left camp to join the Dominican Republic team. Wright departed Saturday to join Team USA.

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