Dodgers right-hander Javy Guerra told the team on Saturday that he plans on playing for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.
Once he’s added to the roster Guerra would join Dodgers teammates Luis Cruz and Adrian Gonzalez on the Mexican team. Cruz and Gonzalez are set to leave the Dodgers to begin training for the WBC tomorrow.
A curious chain reaction left an opening for a pitcher on Team Mexico. After Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez left Team USA due to injury, Arizona Diamondbacks reliever David Hernandez switched from Team Mexico to the United States squad, having been ruled ineligible to pitch for Mexico.
Further, Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo was scratched from a spring start with a strained groin, potentially leaving Mexico without one of its best starters for the tournament.
Guerra will pitch his regularly scheduled inning tomorrow for the Dodgers against the Cleveland Indians according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, who first reported the news.
Guerra was born in Texas, the son of Mexican parents. He has never pitched in the World Baseball Classic before.