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Salas to return next week with Mexico eliminated

JUPITER, Fla. -- Fernando Salas' participation in the World Baseball Classic ended up being brief, and the right-handed reliever is expected back at the Spring Training complex early this week.

After finishing 1-2 record in the first round of pool play, Team Mexico will not advance deeper into the 16-team tournament. Salas pitched a scoreless inning on Thursday and allowed a run in a one-inning appearance on Friday. He did not pitch in Mexico's loss on Saturday, nor did he appear to be involved in the on-field brawl that erupted late in the game between Mexico and Canada.

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"I was happy to see that Salas wasn't on the ground," manager Mike Matheny said in reference to the melee. "I looked for him, making sure he wasn't hurt or hurting. He was doing the right thing, just grabbing people."

Yadier Molina and Carlos Beltran will remain absent until at least March 13, as Team Puerto Rico advanced to the second round with a 6-3 win over Venezuela on Saturday. Beltran served as the designated hitter in the game and finished 2-for-4 with a run scored. Molina went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Mitchell Boggs can join Beltran and Molina in Miami, where second-round games will be played, if Team USA defeats Team Canada on Sunday. Boggs pitched a scoreless inning on Friday; he did not appear in Team USA's win over Italy on Saturday.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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