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Olt, Martin pulled out of Rangers' lineup


SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Mike Olt and Leonys Martin were both in Wednesday's original lineup against the Cubs but ended up being late scratches. Olt was taken out of the lineup because of an impacted wisdom tooth and spent the afternoon at the dentist's office.

Martin was scratched because of a tight left hamstring and is day-to-day. He has gotten off to a strong start this spring in his bid to be the Opening Day center fielder with eight hits, including two doubles, in his first 21 at-bats.

The Rangers also temporarily lost Engel Beltre from their outfield. Beltre has officially decided to join Spain and play in the World Baseball Classic. His status was in doubt because of a strained shoulder muscle, but Beltre finally decided he was strong enough to join the club.

Olt was supposed to start in right field for the first time this spring on Wednesday. He has been used there as a reserve for two games, but he'll get more chances out there while Nelson Cruz and Beltre are away at the World Baseball Classic. He played two games in the outfield for the Rangers last season and four at Double A Frisco.

"He's fitting in well out there," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We trust he can go out there and play. He'll be OK."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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