After more MRIs (two) than pitches thrown (none) with Team Mexico, right-hander Javy Guerra was back in Dodgers camp Thursday.
Guerra knew he was going against the Dodgers' wishes when he accepted an invitation to play in the World Baseball Classic over the weekend. But it wasn't until Wednesday that he was told he had been declared ineligible to pitch for WBC because of the shoulder surgery he had last November.
"You come to camp and you throw a couple innings here – so first and foremost I know I'm healthy in every sense," Guerra said. "I don't really know where we got held up in the whole process."
Under WBC rules, players who ended last season on the DL or underwent surgery in the off-season are eligible to play in the WBC only if given consent. Guerra was sent for an MRI on his shoulder Monday and was examined again on Wednesday. No issues were found in his shoulder, but there were questions about liability if Guerra re-injured it while pitching in the WBC.
"That's the crazy thing. I'm 100 percent going in there and I'm 100 percent coming back," Guerra said. "Ultimately, it was stuff I couldn't control. And there were people above me that made that decision."
Guerra said he had made arrangements for 10 family members to fly to Arizona where Team Mexico will play its first-round games this week and he arranged to buy tickets to all the games.
"I'll be there Friday night (for the game against Team USA) right behind the dugout," Guerra said, joking that he would heckle his former (briefly) teammates. "I flew out 10 people to come watch me play. So now I get to sit with them and watch the game."
Guerra said he also got to keep his Team Mexico uniform and gear. He took pictures with the team and sent them to his father.
"More than anything, he was just really happy and proud that I was able to kind of don the uniform for a little bit," Guerra said. "That makes him happy."
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