Adrian Gonzalez is ready to face opposing pitching.

Gonzalez will get work in Monday before heading to the World Baseball Classic, according to Dave Roberts. He was shut down for a couple of weeks after elbow discomfort.

As long as Gonzalez stays pain-free, he intends to play for Mexico in the Classic. When he was announced he’d be shut down, Gonzalez reportedly never budged on his desire to participate in the event.

The Dodgers are slowly getting their injured players back onto the field. Scott Kazmir returned to the mound Wednesday night. Brandon McCarthy debuts Friday against Arizona. Andre Ethier has had an excellent spring to this point.

Cody Bellinger, Gonzalez’s presumable eventual replacement, hit a towering home run Sunday. The start of the Bellinger era won’t begin quite yet, and Gonzalez goes into 2017 looking to further justify why first base at Chavez Ravine will be his for the foreseeable future.

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