Beltre expected to miss 2-3 weeks with strained calf, WBC in question

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The Texas Rangers received some less than ideal news in the early parts of spring training.

Third baseman Adrian Beltre is expected to be out for the next two-to-three weeks as the veteran is dealing with a Grade 1 calf strain, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Beltre's injury could also sideline him for the first round of the World Baseball Classic. He made team Dominican Republic's roster and was expected to be a mainstay for the club as they look to repeat as tournament champions.

The 37-year-old enters his 20th season in the majors. Despite his age, Beltre has remained an elite hitting third baseman for the Rangers as he's coming off a season that saw him combine to .300/.358/.521 with 32 home runs and 104 RBIs.