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Pinto, Calero on WBC Fence


          JUPITER -- Foggy morning here for spring training, Day 3. Just a couple of updates to get things started.

          Renyel Pinto, who said Friday he did not plan to participate in the World Baseball Classic for the home country (in his case, Venezuela), said he's now a "maybe" for the tournament. The reason: at least three members of the Venezuelan baseball delegation, including the general manager and pitching coach, phoned Pinto and urged him to reconsider. Pinto had wanted to remain in camp with the Marlins in order to focus on the regular season. He'll wait to decide.

         Pinto isn't the only one. Non-roster invitee Kiko Calero, a veteran reliever, is also considering his options. Calero is on the provisional roster for Puerto Rico and would like to take part. He said his experience in the inaugural WBC in '06 was more memorable to him than pitching in the 2004 World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals. But Calero doesn't want to miss out on an opportunity to make an impression with the Marlins, so has postponed his decison on the WBC until next week.

       There are no such WBC reservations for pitcher Chris Leroux. The native of Montreal confirmed that he will play for Canada in the upcoming tournament.

        

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