Aoki played in the Astros' first two spring-training games and will now depart camp to participate in the World Baseball Classic for Team Japan, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Aoki was given ample playing time over the weekend, batting leadoff and playing center field, neither of which he's expected to do for Houston once the regular season hits. He'll play center field for Japan, but for the Astros, Aoki will be a platoon left fielder and bat ninth when everyone is healthy.

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