Max Scherzer has addressed not pitching for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.

"I'm not ready to step into a quasi-playoff game right now. If I do that, I'm rolling the dice with my arm," he told SNY.

Scherzer added that moving the WBC to the summer, after Major League Baseball's season has gotten underway and pitchers have had time to stretch out their arms, would make the tournament more appealing.

"If the WBC was during the season, I think you would get more pitcher participation, and, more importantly, I think it'd be more exciting for the fans because you'd actually have starters built up," he said. "You wouldn't have guys on pitch counts or whatever it is. You'd actually have real guys going at it. It'd be a real game."