Beltre To Skip Remainder Of WBC

Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers poses for a portrait during spring training photo day at Surprise Stadium on February 20, 2013 in Surprise, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers poses for a portrait during spring training photo day at Surprise Stadium on February 20, 2013 in Surprise, Arizona. (credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

SURPRISE, Ariz. (CBS SPORTS) – Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre told MLB.com that he will not join the Dominican Republic for the remainder of the World Baseball Classic. He skipped the first round due to a calf injury.

Beltre said that his swing just isn’t ready yet. He hit .321/.359/.561 with 36 homers last season, though the Dominican Republic won’t exactly miss his offense. It won all three first-round games with an average of 6.3 runs scored per game. It has been using Hanley Ramirez at third base.

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