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Despite shoulder injury, E. Beltre likely for Classic


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- As the World Baseball Classic gets under way, all signs point to Rangers outfielder Engel Beltre participating.

Beltre has been dealing with a strained shoulder, but he practiced Friday and is expected to be very active over the weekend.

"Engel Beltre is going to do a full workout on the field [Saturday]," assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "If everything is OK, he will play [Sunday]."

Although Beltre will not report to Team Spain on Sunday, which was the initial plan, the 23-year-old still plans on representing his country in the World Baseball Classic.

"We've gotten feedback from the Spanish team with regards to Engel, and they're comfortable with him potentially reporting a little bit late," Levine said.

The Rangers want to see Beltre, who hit .261 in 133 games for Double-A Frisco in 2012, play two games before he travels to the Classic.

Although Beltre will likely miss a couple of the Spaniards' exhibition games, they do not begin playing in the tournament until Friday.

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