WBC leaves roster pickings slim
Rangers, Indians bring few regulars to annual event in San Antonio.
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-