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Profar playing plenty in Classic, but Claudio isn't

Rangers' Banister says pitcher getting work in on side
March 14, 2017

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Rangers still have eight players participating in the World Baseball Classic and some are getting more out of it than others.Jurickson Profar seems to have benefited the most, while reliever Alex Claudio is at the other end.Profar has played in all five games for a Netherlands

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Rangers still have eight players participating in the World Baseball Classic and some are getting more out of it than others.
Jurickson Profar seems to have benefited the most, while reliever Alex Claudio is at the other end.
Profar has played in all five games for a Netherlands team that needed a win over Cuba on Tuesday night to advance to the semifinals. Profar has been playing center field and has nine hits, including a home run, in 19 at-bats.
"I think it's been a great experience for him," manager Jeff Banister said. "He's filling in at a different spot, playing in front of crowds at a high intensity level and being a significant player on his team. It has been a huge benefit for Profar."

Claudio is with a Puerto Rico team that has advanced to the second round, but so far he has faced just one batter in his role as left-handed setup reliever. He did pitch in four games for the Rangers before joining Puerto Rico and the last one was March 6.
"It's not necessarily a concern; I know he is getting work in on the side," Banister said. "We have to make sure he's getting the proper usage when he gets back. We are keeping an eye on all of them and we'll have a plan when they get back."
Rangers beat
Elvis Andrus was in the lineup Tuesday, one day after delivering two doubles in three at-bats against the Giants on Monday night. It's the first time he has played back-to-back games this spring. Andrus missed the first two weeks of Cactus League games while recovering from offseason surgery to repair a sports hernia and may need extra at-bats in the Minor League games.
• Italy has been eliminated from the World Baseball Classic after coming within three outs of advancing to the second round. Joey Gallo, preferring to stay in Spring Training, turned down a chance to play for Italy and doesn't regret it. Said Gallo, "It would have been cool, but this is where I need to be."
• Cole Hamels is scheduled to pitch in a Minor League game Wednesday while Nick Martinez starts the Cactus League game against the Indians in Surprise. Matt Bush and Keone Kela are also expected to pitch in a Minor League game.
Shin-Soo Choo, who is 2-for-16 in the Cactus League, may start getting extra at-bats in Minor League games. He played just 48 games for the Rangers last year and that may help him catch up as far as timing and pitch recognition.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.