Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has decided
against playing in the World Baseball Classic, as the slugger has sustained a
slightly strained right calf muscle, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.
Beltre was planning to play for his native Dominican
Republic this spring in the WBC, but Sullivan reports the third baseman decided
to back out after “tweaking” his right calf. At this point, general manager Jon
Daniels doesn’t believe the injury is serious, but Beltre doesn’t want to push
it this early into spring training.
"If there was a doubleheader today, he would be in both
ends of it," Daniels said. "From the standpoint of how early we are
in Spring Training, he feels, and the medical staff feels, it would be prudent
to be cautious and not play in the first round of the WBC. He's going to leave
it open if the Dominican club advances, he could rejoin. But right now we're
going to take it slow and not push it."
The same calf that Beltre is nursing now was an issue for
the veteran two seasons ago. He said the calf has been sore since before he
arrived at camp, and he wanted to determine what the ailment was rather than
continue to have it go unmonitored. While he admits there is inflammation, if
it were the regular season he’d be playing right now.
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