It was a short walk, but a difficult one for Javy Guerra.
Mexico’s World Baseball Classic team dresses about 100 yards from the Dodgers’ spring training clubhouse at Camelback Ranch. Guerra had to return to the Dodgers Thursday, before the tournament even started, because of a rule that precludes players coming off winter surgery from participating.
Guerra doesn’t know whose decision it was, but it’s clear he wasn’t happy about the circumstances. Guerra grew up in Texas, but his father lives in Mexico and both his parents were born there.
“I flew out 10 people to come watch me play, but now I get to sit with them and watch the game,” Guerra said.
Guerra, fighting for a spot in the Dodgers’ bullpen, had knee surgery last June and shoulder surgery shortly after the season. Guerra was a late addition to the Mexican team after two other pitchers left the club.
He said he wasn’t at risk.
“That’s the crazy thing. I’m 100 percent going in there and I’m 100 percent coming back,” Guerra said.