Ned Colletti insists he isn't worried about Hanley Ramirez's glove.


Back in November, the Dodgers general manager insisted that Ramirez "has to be better" at shortstop after a rough transition back to his natural position, at which Ramirez made six errors over the final two months of 2012.

Having Ramirez at shortstop would allow Luis Cruz to play third base, where his .984 fielding percentage last year would have led all major-league third basemen had he qualified.

So it was met with some concern on Thursday when Ramirez was one of eight Dodgers listed on preliminary rosters for the World Baseball Classic.

Ramirez will play for the Dominican Republic and be joined by three other natural shortstops - Jose Reyes, Miguel Tejada and the Angels' Erick Aybar - and has no assurances of a position during the March tournament.

"I think it's great for him to be able to represent his country," Colletti said. "It's not like we're asking him to play a new position, being shortstop. He'll have plenty of time to be ready for the major league season. The combination of a typical major league spring training, combined with a chance - because the roster's not complete yet - to play for his country is always an honor. He'll be playing at a high level prior to Opening Day."

Ramirez was briefly sidelined by a shoulder injury in December and was primarily used as a designated hitter while playing in the Dominican Winter League.