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Calf injury to keep Adrian Beltre out of WBC's first round

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre reported to spring training Friday with a strained left calf muscle that will sideline him about three weeks and will keep him out of the opening round of the World Baseball Classic.

Beltre, 37, said he injured the muscle working out at his home in California on Tuesday. He was planning to play for the Dominican Republic in the WBC, and could join the team if it advances past the first round.

Beltre, winner of five Gold Gloves and a four-time All-Star, said his main concern is being ready for Opening Day of the season, but that he wants to play for his country.

The Rangers signed catcher A.J. Jimenez to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training. Toronto released him on Monday.