The Dominican Republic is headed to the second round of the World Baseball Classic, but Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre remained undecided on whether he’ll join his native team.
Beltre skipped the first round because of a minor right calf injury, and could sit out the second round because his swing is not where he wants it to be. Beltre also said he has not received word whether he can even join the team under WBC rules.
Beltre will know more Monday and, either way, said the Dominican will be fine with Miguel Tejada and Hanley Ramirez splitting playing time at third.
“They don’t need me,” Beltre said. “The only question going in was starting pitching and they’ve done well. Hopefully they can hold on and win the whole thing. That’s what we’re looking for.”
As far as his swing, Beltre said he is not tracking pitches as well as he’d like. He went 1 for 3 on Sunday and is batting .231 this spring.
“It’s just not recognizing pitches as well as I want to right now … balls and strikes,” Beltre said.
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Rangers' Beltre says Dominican Republic doesn’t need him in WBC
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Mar 11