Pedro, Tejada hoping to play in WBC

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Pedro Martinez and Miguel Tejada are hoping to play in the offseason for their native Dominican Republic.

Tejada, the Baltimore Orioles shortstop, said Friday he aims to play for the Cibaenas Eagles during the final week of the Dominican League regular season.

New York Mets ace Martinez hopes to suit up for the Dominican Republic at the World Baseball Classic -- but only if his injured
right toe heals. The 16-nation, 18-day inaugural World Baseball
Classic starts March 3 in Asia.

"Everything is going to depend on how my health is by that
date," Martinez said Friday at a celebrity golf tournament
sponsored by Dominican President Leonel Fernandez.

Freddy Garcia, pitcher for the World Series champion White Sox,
said Saturday he will pitch for Venezuela in the World Baseball

Martinez said he is riding a bike and lifting weights as part of
his rehabilitation program.

"I still can't run," he said.

Martinez went 15-8 with a 2.82 ERA in his first season with the
Mets. He is still considering playing for the Licey Tigers in the
Dominican winter league -- but that depends on his health and
permission from New York.

"The Mets want me to come to training camp without any type of
injury and totally recovered," he said.

The Dominican season ends Dec. 22 and postseason play starts Dec. 26.

Tejada plans to play despite previous concerns about jeopardizing his multimillion-dollar contract, which obliges him to avoid injuries.

"I'm working on conditioning my body and think I'll be able to
play in the final games of the regular season," Tejada said while
visiting a children's hospital, where he gave toys and medicine to

Tejada was accompanied on the hospital visit by fellow players David Ortiz, Neifi Perez, Aramis Ramirez and Octavio Dotel.