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Amezaga Has Slight Knee Injury, Could Influence WBC Plans

              PORT ST. LUCIE -- Super-sub Alfredo Amezaga is dealing with a slight right knee injury that could keep him out of the World Baseball Classic if the Marlins feel he would risk further damage by participating.

              For now, manager Fredi Gonzalez said it is wait-and-see with Amezaga, who did not play Wednesday and did not make the trip to Port St. Lucie on Thursday to face the Mets. Instead, Amezaga remained in Jupiter to continue working out for trainers.

             Amezaga is on Mexico's roster for the WBC. Gonzalez said Amezaga tweaked his knee during an at bat in an intersquad game on Monday.

             "He was better yesterday than he was the day before," Gonzalez said Thursday. "We'll see how the work goes today back there. I think if our medical people or our training staff have any kind of concerns, we wouldn't let him go. But we're not there yet. He did a ton of treeatments on it yesterday and hopefully he'll keep progressing."

             Amezaga isn't the only Marlin with health issues. Pitcher Sean West, who was initially scheduled to start Friday against the Orioles, has a slight left hip injury. Gonzalez said he is more concerned with West trying to cover first base than with any throwing issues.