LOS ANGELES -- Playing catch up on some minor news at least tangentially related to the Dodgers over the last few days, there will be old and current friends involved in a World Baseball Classic qualifier, and a former minor leaguer who was suspended for violation for drugs.
The next incarnation of the World Baseball Classic will be in 2017, but there are still a few spots up for grabs. One will be claimed by the winner of the Sydney qualifier, to be held from Feb. 11-14, a modified double-elimination format involving Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, and South Africa.
Team Australia will include old friends Trent Oeltjen and Peter Moylan, the latter who last week signed a minor league contract with the Royals that included a non-roster invitation to spring training.
Angelo Songco, back in the Dodgers organization after a few years in independent ball, will play for Team Philippines, and new Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward will manage Team New Zealand.
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Justin Turner is hosting a golf tournament on Monday at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena, one that will include Dodgers players and celebrities. A raffle for entry tickets and prizes ends on Friday.
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Luis Mateo, a minor league free agent infielder, was suspended 50 games on Thursday for a positive test for Amphetamine, MLB announced. Mateo, who turns 26 in May, started 2015 in the Dodgers minor league system and hit a combined .245/.276/.333 in 57 games between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City before the Dodgers released him in July.
Mateo ended 2015 in the Braves' system but was released by Atlanta on Jan. 14. He is currently a free agent, and won't begin serving his suspension until he signs with a new team.