Rangers' Profar won't play for Holland in WBC
Rangers infield prospect Jurickson Profar won't be playing in the World Baseball Classic, and third baseman Adrian Beltre will sit out at least the first round as a precaution for a minor calf injury.
Also, third baseman Adrian Beltre tweaked his right calf, a minor injury, and is not going to participate in at least the first round as a precaution.
General manager Jon Daniels said that if Beltre had to play in a doubleheader today, he could. But that out of "an abundance of caution" decided not to risk anything this early in spring by committing to play for the Dominican Republic.
Profar, who turns 20 on Wednesday, was undecided about participating for the Netherlands in the event but made the call to stay in camp over the weekend.
"It was a tough decision for him and we left that decision up to him," Daniels said. "He understands the landscape and the situation and he communicated to us that he wants to put himself in the best position to make the club. I give him a lot of credit. It was something he wrestled with and went back-and-forth on and an opportunity to play for his country and with some of his friends he's been working out with all winter and at the same time he's committed to putting himself in position to try to make this team. We're going to let that play out over the course of the spring."
Where Profar plays to start the 2013 season is yet to be determined. There's still a utility spot up for grabs and the club has not ruled out Profar from consideration for that job, if it's one that can get him some decent playing time.
"He's got to compete," Daniels said. "Obviously, injuries, trades, things that we can't foresee coming could alter the landscape. He understands that he's competing for a bench role and that it would have to be more meaningful than a traditional bench role to make sense for him, I think. We'll see. Things happen.
"He comes out and does what he's capable of doing and demonstrates to the staff that he's someone that can help us and Wash (manager Ron Washington) wants him on the club and feels he can find enough playing time for him where it makes sense, then that's something we'll discuss."
With a handful of Rangers playing for various teams in the WBC, including Elvis Andrus, Profar stands to get more time in Cactus League games by staying in Arizona.
It wasn't an easy decision for Profar, who was on the preliminary roster for the Dutch team and had told the Rangers a few weeks ago that he was not going to play. But the native of Curacao felt some pressure from his hometown to play and a week ago told the Rangers he was undecided and would take some more time to think about it.
"Right now, I think this young man is focused on doing whatever he can to help the organization," Daniels said. "You guys know from our clubhouse atmosphere, that's a big thing."
Profar, called up last September, was just the third teenager in MLB history (since 1876) to hit a home run in his first big league at-bat. He was 3-for-17 in nine games with Texas and is rated as the No. 1 prospect going into the 2013 season, according to ESPN.com's Keith Law.
Profar hit .281 with 14 homers and 62 RBIs in 126 games for Double-A Frisco. He also had 16 stolen bases and 66 walks to go along with 79 strikeouts.
Beltre, who hit .321 with 36 homers and 102 RBIs last season, said he just wants to be sure he's fully ready for the season.
"We're going to see how it goes the next couple of days, couple of weeks," Beltre said. "If I'm good to go by the second round I can join my team. If I don't feel right or they don't need me I'm not going to go.
"I'm not concerned about it. It just makes sense. When we start playing games I want to be at 100 percent."
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