Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre said he will play for the Dominican Republic in the first round of the World Baseball Classic.
The five-time Gold Glove winner said Monday in the Rangers' spring training clubhouse that he feels better after playing some exhibition games. The 37-year-old Beltre missed the first week of games for Texas because of a strained left calf, an injury he suffered when working out at home before reporting to camp.
The Dominican Republic plays its first WBC game on Thursday in Miami.
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Beltre plans to stay in Arizona with the Rangers as long as he can to get treatment and more at-bats before joining the Dominican team in Miami. He was in the Rangers' lineup for their game Monday against Seattle.