The way Javy Guerra figures it – whatever he could prove by getting hitters out in the Cactus League, he can prove even better by getting some of the best hitters in the world out in a more competitive atmosphere.
The Dodgers reliever accepted a spot on the Mexican roster for the World Baseball Classic and will join that team for workouts beginning Monday. For Mexican teammates Adrian Gonzalez and Luis Cruz, Nick Punto (headed to Team Italy), Hanley Ramirez (Dominican Republic) and Ronald Belisario (Venezuela), their roles on the Dodgers this season are already set and a week – or much more – away from camp is no threat to change their standing.

Guerra's situation is different. He had a turbulent season last year that saw him start the season as the Dodgers closer but endure multiple injuries and a midseason demotion to the minors. His place in the bullpen pecking order this spring has yet to be determined with Brandon League in the closer role. Kenley Jansen, J.P. Howell and Belisario all have more secure places in the bullpen than Guerra.
"I wouldn't sacrifice anything to go there," Guerra said. "I wouldn't do anything that would stop me from being 100 percent and ready for the season.
"I think by going to the Classic I can only get better. If I go out there and face the greatest hitters and get them out, it's only going to show that I'm ready. Hopefully, they (the Dodgers) know what I can do, what I bring to the table."
They thought they did last year and made him their closer to start the season on the heels of his 21 saves in 2011. He converted saves in each of his first five appearances last April but his season took a dramatic turn when he was struck in the face by a line drive on April 25.