Castillo likely to skip Classic

Castillo likely to skip Classic

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- After saying prior to Wednesday's workout that he won't play in the World Baseball Classic, Twins' second baseman Luis Castillo left the door slightly ajar after practice. Castillo said he is leaning toward not playing for the Dominican Republic, but will talk with Dominican officials once more before a decision becomes final.

"That's the way I feel now [that he doesn't want to leave Twins camp], but I have to talk to the general manager of the Dominican team," Castillo said.

Castillo talked early in the day about the advantages of staying in the Minnesota camp.

"For me, it's better to stay here," Castillo said.

The Dominican team already has Alfonso Soriano on the roster at second base and Castillo said wants to concentrate on getting acclimated to his new situation with Minnesota after being acquired from the Florida Marlins.

"I want to work hard and be ready for the season," Castillo said. "I don't want to have any problem for the season."

Castillo was a three-time All-Star with the Marlins and won his third consecutive Gold Glove last season. He had expressed to manager Ron Gardenhire on Tuesday that he was undecided on whether to play in the Classic.

Robert Falkoff is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.