Tag:Ronald Belisario
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:34 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2011 11:28 pm

Report: Dodgers pitcher faces 25-game suspension

Ronald BelisarioBy C. Trent Rosecrans

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.

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Posted on: February 17, 2011 1:06 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2011 5:38 pm

Belisario says he'll report to Dodgers' camp

Ronald Belisario While reporting dates for nearly every team go almost flawlessly every spring, there's the occasional hiccup -- and it seems one interesting case each season.

This season, the Dodgers' Ronald Belisario. The Los Angeles Times relays a report from Venezuelan newspaper Lider en Deportes that Belisario lost his passport and has an appointment Friday to get a new one.

Not only is there that part of the story, it's that his agent, Paul Kinzer, was under the impression that Belisario could miss the entire season because of his inability to get into the United States. Kinzer told the Times he hadn't talked to Belisario for "a few weeks" and didn't know about the passport issue.

"That would be news to me," Kinzer said. "I hope that's true."

Belisario, who missed a month of the regular season in 2010 in a substance-abuse treatment program, said he'll join the team in Arizona soon.

"Of course, I'll go to spring training," Belisario said. "As soon as I get the passport, I'll go back to the embassy to get a visa. They already have my test results."

The right-hander appeared in 59 games last season, going 3-1 with a 5.04 ERA with two saves in 55 1/3 innings pitched. He had a 2.04 ERA in 69 games as a rookie in 2009.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: February 16, 2011 2:58 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2011 2:58 pm

Belisario likely to miss year

Ronald Belisario
The whole thing sounds pretty cryptic, but the agent for Dodgers pitcher Ronald Belisario says he probably will not be able to enter the United States at any time this year and could miss the season.

Belisario, who missed more than a month last season undergoing substance-abuse treatment, has been delayed getting to spring training due to visa problems getting out of Venezuela. His agent, Paul Kinzer, told the Los Angeles Times the situation "goes a little deeper than that" this year. He did not specify the reason.

“Unless some things change drastically, I’m not very optimistic at this point,” Kinzer said.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 10, 2010 5:11 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2010 5:43 pm

Dodgers activate Belisario

Ronald Belisario Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario was activated from the restricted list on Tuesday, but refused to tell reporters why he was on it on the first place.

He did issue a statement through the team:

"I was placed on the restricted list to deal with certain personal issues. At this time, those issues have thankfully been resolved, and I am ready to join my teammates. Given the personal nature of my issues, I cannot comment any further. I am looking forward, not backwards."

Anytime someone pulls the McGwire "looking forward, not backwards" you know the reason is because they don't want to look backwards because they seriously messed up.

The Los Angeles Times reported last month that the 27-year old reliever left the team to enter a substance-abuse program. Belisario was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence charges in June of 2009 and pleaded guilty to a reckless driving charge.

According to MLB.com , Belisario said he wouldn't confirm or deny the Times' report.

"I don't want to talk about it," he said. "It is resolved."

Belisario made two rehab starts at Class A.

The Dodgers optioned Ramon Troncoso to Triple-A to make room for Belisario.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 6:30 pm

Belisario working out with Dodgers

Ronald Belisario There still has been no official reason given why reliever Ronald Belisario vanished from the Dodgers nearly three weeks ago, but Monday he was back working out at Dodger Stadium.

Belisario remains on the restricted list, and the team said there was no timetable for his return.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Belisario left the team to enter a substance abuse program, but neither the team nor Belisario's agent, Paul Kinzer, has confirmed that.

Kinzer would not say Monday where his client had been since leaving the team.

"This is one case where I have to respect Ronald's privacy," Kinzer told the Times. "I don't have any comment at all. Ronald's had some personal issues he's dealing with."

Belisario was arrested in Pasadena last June on suspicion of DUI and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in March. The legal issue delayed the Venezuelan from getting his work visa this spring and he missed the first five weeks of spring training.

Belisario, who also has been in the Florida and Pittsburgh organizations, has appeared in 104 games the past two seasons, going 5-4 with a 2.62 ERA.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 28, 2010 11:30 am
Edited on: June 28, 2010 12:35 pm

Dodgers bullpen struggling

Jonathan Broxton The Dodgers will win or lose the National League West on the strength of its bullpen, the Los Angeles Times ' Bill Shaikin writes .

During the Dodgers' series with the Yankees, manager Joe Torre seemed only to trust closer Jonathan Broxton out of the bullpen. It led to victory on Saturday, but defeat and the loss of a four-run lead on Sunday.

Writes Shaikin, the Dodgers have two reliable starters and three reliable relievers: Broxton, Ronald Belisario and Hong-Chih Kuo.

Broxton leads the Dodgers' bullpen in innings, one of just three closers in the big leagues to do so. Broxton has allowed seven earned runs in 33 2/3 innings -- four of those on Sunday -- and has 16 saves, as well as a 7-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Shaikin says it's uncertain whether the uncertain Dodgers ownership will open its pocketbooks (or prospect cache) for middle relief help. The problem is middle relief is one of the toughest commodities to evaluate and acquire. Add to the inherent difficulties with a weak available class makes it a tough fix, even for a team with deep pockets and prospect coffers.

"Pitching is the only way we're going to do something special," Torre told the Times . However, the Dodgers hardly have a special staff and odds are against them striking gold in the trade market.

UPDATE: Recently designated Pirates left-hander Jack Taschner has been signed by the team to a minor-league contract.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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