WBC leaves ros­ter pick­ings slim

Rangers, In­di­ans bring few reg­u­lars to an­nual event in San An­to­nio.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Kevin Lyt­tle klyt­tle@states­man.com Rangers

Split­ting spring train­ing camp to pro­vide enough mar­ketable play­ers for Big League Week­end here and Cac­tus League games in Ari­zona is a chal­lenge un­der nor­mal con­di­tions.

Toss in the World Base­ball Clas­sic, along with in­juries, and the task stretched the Texas Rang- ers and Cleve­land In­di­ans thin­ner than some pay­ing cus­tomers pre­ferred.

“You’ve got three dif­fer­ent spring train­ings go­ing on at one time,” Rangers as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager Mike Daly said. “There is the WBC, our reg­u­lar group and the mi­nor league camp. And then we want to send a rep­re­sen­ta­tive group to San An­to­nio.”

The Rangers, who have nine play­ers com­pet­ing in the WBC, brought just two pro­jected reg­u­lars, first base­man Mike Napoli and right fielder No­mar Mazara. Out­field­ers Delino DeShields and in­fielder Will Mid­dle­brooks, com-

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