Javy Guerra added to Mexico roster

Updated: March 3, 2013, 10:56 AM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Javy Guerra has been added to the Mexican roster for the World Baseball Classic. Guerra replaces the Arizona Diamondbacks' David Hernandez, who switched to Team USA.

"It's something I've always wanted to do," Guerra said. "I just wanted to come to spring training with the Dodgers first, show I was healthy, then, why not represent your country and face that kind of hitting anyway?"

The Dodgers have three players who will represent Mexico in the WBC, with Guerra joining first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and third baseman Luis Cruz. Guerra, who began the 2012 season as the Dodgers' closer and later was sent to the minor leagues, had arthroscopic shoulder surgery in November.

Guerra grew up in Denton, Texas, but his parents are both from Mexico. His father still lives there, in the city of Muzquiz. Guerra , 27, was 2-3 with a 2.60 ERA and eight saves last season.

Mark Saxon

Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.



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