Right-handed reliever Ronald Belisario missed the entire 2011 season with the Dodgers because of visa issues now has his visa, but according to the Los Angeles Times, will serve a 25-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy.
Belisario's drug suspension is for a "drug of abuse," so it could be that he either failed to comply with an order to take part in a treatment program, or was convicted to pleading guilty to using or possessing a prohibited substance.
Belisario's agent, Paul Kinzer, hinted to the Times in February that the Venezuelan pitcher's visa issues were because of a "deeper" problem. Belisario was placed on the restricted list in 2010 and the Times reported it was to enter a substance-abuse program, though the team never confirmed that. Belisario also pleaded guilty to a reckless driving charge in 2009 after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Belisario will turn 29 on Dec. 31 and has pitched in 128 games over two seasons with the Dodgers, striking out 102 batters in 126 innings, while walking 48 and putting up a 3.36 ERA.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @eyeonbaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.