Outfielder David Peralta, who played for Team Venezuela in the 2023 World Baseball Classic, is back at Los Angeles Dodgers’ camp following Venezuela’s recent elimination from the tournament. Peralta had nothing but good things to say about the WBC following his return. The new Dodgers’ outfielder also shared a pivotal injury update on his back, per The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya.

“David Peralta is back from the WBC. Called it ‘unbelievable’ and raved about the atmosphere. ‘I’m loud,’ he said, ‘and I couldn’t (even) hear myself.’ Also said his back, which required offseason surgery, wasn’t even a thought throughout the event,” Ardaya wrote on Twitter.

Peralta’s back injury update is crucial. The Dodgers are counting on him to play a big role in the outfield this season after signing him in free agency. If he manages to stay healthy, Peralta will be a key left-handed bat for Dave Roberts and the ball club.

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Los Angeles’ roster is facing far more uncertainty heading into the 2023 regular season than it has over the past few years. The Dodgers still don’t have a set center or left fielder with Opening Day just a couple of weeks away. However, they have plenty of capable options. In addition to David Peralta, players such as James Outman, Trayce Thompson, Jason Heyward, Chris Taylor, and Bradley Zimmer are all candidates to play in the outfield in 2023.

Other than Taylor and Heyward, Peralta is the most proven option out of the bunch. His veteran prowess, defensive ability, and offensive reliability will put him in a position for success moving forward.