Javy Guerra, who started the 2012 season as the Dodgers closer, was designated for assignment Sunday, part of a flurry of moves to cut the roster to the 30 total players they can take to Australia.
Guerra, 28, can still be traded while the Dodgers wait to see if he’s claimed on waivers. If he goes unclaimed, he could still be sent to triple-A Albuquerque.
Pitchers Zack Greinke, Dan Haren and Brandon League are classified as exempt and will not make the trip, and outfielder Carl Crawford is staying behind while on paternity leave. The four players will remain in Phoenix and play in minor league games until the Dodgers return from their two-game series against the Diamondbacks in Sydney.
The Dodgers are scheduled to play an exhibition game Thursday against the Australian national team. Five players activated for that game will not make the 25-man roster for the season opener.
Relievers Jose Dominguez, Red Patterson and Seth Rosin were all scheduled to be on the midnight flight for Australia.
The Dodgers’ complete 30-man roster for Australia:
Even after cutting that down to 25 for the games against the Diamondbacks, the Dodgers will have to make two or three more moves when the exempt players rejoin the team in San Diego.