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.