The Dodgers will feel the crunch of the World Baseball Classic when at least six of their players leave camp early to join their respective national teams.
Major League Baseball announced the provisional rosters of all 16 teams Thursday. Adrian Gonzalez and Luis Cruz will represent Mexico; Hanley Ramirez will play third base for the Dominican Republic; Ronald Belisario will pitch for Venezuela; Nick Punto will be on Italy’s roster; and Paco Rodriguez will be in the bullpen for Spain. No Dodgers are playing for Team USA.
For the players, the travel will be relatively light. They are either in Pool C, which opens play in Puerto Rico, or Pool D, which plays its games in Phoenix, 15 minutes from the Dodgers’ spring training home. The other first-round games are in Taiwan and Japan.
The Dodgers could have lost more players to the WBC, but Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw were not on Team USA -– presumably because they are rehabilitating from late-season injuries –- and Kenley Jansen, who underwent a heart procedure in November, was not listed on the roster for the Netherlands. Hyun-jin Ryu pitched for Korea in 2009, but he was not on that country's roster released Thursday.
Teams have until Feb. 28 to set their final 28-man rosters.
Dodgers minor leaguer Felipe Burin will play on the Panamanian team, and reliever Peter Moylan, who MLB.com reports is close to signing a minor league deal with the Dodgers, will pitch for Australia. Ex-Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela is a coach once again on the Mexican team.
Gonzalez and Cruz will play against their teammates March 2 when the Dodgers play Team Mexico in an exhibition game in Glendale, Ariz.