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Beltre may join Dominican Classic team in Round 2

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre says he will know in a few days if he will join the Dominican Republic in the second round of the World Baseball Classic.

There are two issues at hand: Beltre is not happy with the way he is swinging the bat, and officials from the Dominican Republic are double-checking the rule about adding players to the tournament. Beltre was on the provisional roster originally submitted.

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"I talked to the general manager and he said he would check and let me know in the next day or two," Beltre said. "But they don't need me. They've got a pretty good team. The only question was starting pitching, but they're doing OK. I hope they go and win the whole thing."

Beltre was 1-for-3 on Sunday in the Rangers 7-6 victory over the Indians, leaving him 4-for-16 on the spring. He missed the first ten days of Cactus League play because of a strained right calf muscle and has played in just five of the Rangers' first 16 games.

"I've only had 10-to-15 at-bats," Beltre said. "It's just the fact that I'm not recognizing pitches. If I'm looking for one pitch, I can hit it, but I'm not tracking the ball like I want to. It could take 2-to-3 days, or it could take a month. I really don't know."

Beltre joked that if the Dominican Republic really needs somebody, they should ask Jeff Baker. He went 2-for-3 against the Indians on Sunday and is now hitting .500 (15-for-30) on the spring.

"If they want to win, they should put him on our team," Beltre said. "But he's American. If he starts dating a girl from the Dominican, he's right there."

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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