Beltre says yes, Mariners say no

Third baseman Adrian Beltre decided on Friday to play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic,  but his plans came to a screeching halt this morning.

The Mariners decided Beltre would not play in the Classic and he was informed of the organization’s decision during a morning meeting with general manager Jack Zduriencik.

Beltre, who tested his surgically-repaired left thumb and shoulder in Friday’s Cactus League game against the Dodgers, going 2-for-3 in the designated hitter role, said he was “disappointed” in the club’s decision, but understood it.

“I thought the decision was going to be in my hands, but it wasn’t,” he said. “I am not allowed to go. I just wish they would have done this two weeks ago.”

He will remain with the team through Spring Training and work at a slower pace than he has been.

— Jim Street

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