SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Third baseman Adrian Beltre was in the Texas Rangers' lineup Friday for the first time this spring training and could play for the defending champion Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.
Beltre batted second in the lineup and went 0-for-2 at the plate in an 8-2 win over the Seattle Mariners.
Beltre had not played in the Rangers' first seven games because of a strained left calf, an injury suffered Feb. 14 during a workout at his California home.
Will Middlebrooks was in the original starting lineup at third base against Seattle, but Texas revised the batting order after Beltre consulted with Rangers team physician Dr. Keith Meister.
Beltre, who is 58 hits shy of 3,000, fielded two ground balls flawlessly before exiting after three innings.