Originally written on Dodgers Rumors  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Nations announced their preliminary rosters for the World Baseball Classic which is to be held this year before the start of the Major League Baseball season. Six players on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ roster were chosen to play in the World Baseball Classic. Adrian Gonzalez and Luis “Cochito” Cruz will represent Mexico; Hanley Ramirez is slated to play third base for the Dominican Republican; Ronald Belisario will represent his home country of Venezuela; Nick Punto will represent Italy; and relief pitcher Paco Rodriguez will pitch out of Spain’s bullpen. This will be the third appearance for both Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez, who have each played in the first two World Baseball Classic tournaments in 2006 and 2009. It will be the second appearance for Luis Cruz who was on the 2006 roster and Nick Punto who appeared on the 2009 roster. As with every WBC, the Dodgers will have the normal concerns of so many players leaving spring training early to join their respective national teams. However, it could have been worse for the Dodgers. Superstars Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw are not on Team USA because they are nursing injuries; Kenley Jansen, who was the catcher for the Netherlands national team in 2006 won’t be participating this year after undergoing a heart procedure in 2012. Newly acquired pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu, who represented the silver medal South Korean team in the 2009 Classic will also be skipping this years tournament to get completely acclimated to pitching for his new team in a new country. Dodgers minor league infielder Felipe Burin will also represent his native Panama. Fernando Valenzuela will return as pitching coach for Team Mexico. The Dodgers play Team Mexico in an exhibition game on March 2 in Glendale, Arizona. Their teammates Cruz and Gonzalez will be suited up for Mexico. Related Posts:Dodgers Recall Kenley Jansen, DFA Justin MillerJosh Hamilton, Dodgers Had TalksLilly, Guerrier, Gordon Close To ReturnDodgers Put Anibal Sanchez, Kevin Youkilis On BackburnerDee Gordon Activated From Disabled List, Not Returning To…
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Anthony Davis puts Harden ahead of himself for MVP

LeBron James lists his top three friends in the NBA

Reds to have in-stadium nursery

Izzo: MSU could win football, basketball titles in same year

Durant ‘would love to’ spend entire career with Thunder

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Elementary school sportswriter has hot take on Cam Newton

Romo was willing to take pay cut to keep DeMarco Murray

Marcus Mariota reportedly not planning to attend NFL draft

Alabama RB dismissed from team after marijuana arrest

Golden Tate: Departure of Suh won't pressure Lion's offense

Are the Angels being overlooked?

Tom Brady posts Photoshop as April Fools' joke on Facebook

'Zo on MJ: He would average almost 50 in today's NBA

Report: Las Vegas season ticket drive passes goal of 10,000

WATCH: Steph Curry drops Chris Paul with crossover

WATCH: Spoelstra gives nice shoutout to Craig Sager

WATCH: Drew Miller takes skate to the face

WATCH: Gronk describes his perfect wife

Reigning National Champions to boycott Final Four in Indiana

This isn’t Tom Izzo’s greatest March masterpiece

New development clears path for Rams relocation

WATCH: J.J. Watt sings about stadium food on 'New Girl'

Kings ready to shut down DeMarcus Cousins

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Curry drops CP3 with crossover

Durant wants to spend career in OKC

This isn’t Tom Izzo’s greatest March masterpiece

Are the Angels being overlooked?

Top 20 players in the Final Four

Top 10 players in baseball

Report: Tiger's plane spotted in Augusta

Moss shares story on meeting Deion

Five coaches already on the hot seat

Can we envision the Hawks in the Finals?

10 winners and losers from the past week in the NFL

Namath parties with 100 yr-old women

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.