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Belisario reports to spring training a tad late

Mar 28, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

belisario delivery.JPGUPDATE:  Belisario spoke with ESPN Los Angeles on Sunday and explained his absence from camp:

“I never missed an appointment,” he said. “They gave me appointments to
go to after they said they were denying my visa. They told me to take
exams and things, and I kept going twice a week. They just said they
were denying my visa because of the DUI.”

12:03pm:  Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles passes along word that right-hander reliever Donald Belisario finally showed up to Dodgers camp Saturday after a three-week battle with visa issues in Venezuela.  

He secured the visa this week and is expected to begin participating in full-squad drills on Sunday.  Dodgers manager Joe Torre said last week that Belisario won’t be a member of the club’s Opening Day bullpen mix, no matter how ready he is.  Why?  Because the right-hander missed three scheduled appointments at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas this month that would have expedited the process of getting him to Camelback Ranch.  Managers tend to shy away players who display a lack of motivation.

Nonetheless, it’s good to hear that Belisario is finally in camp and will be helping the Dodgers at some point this season.  He had a 2.04 ERA in 70 2/3 innings last year.

  1. jwb - Mar 28, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    He won’t be on the 25 man roster, they can’t option him, and he won’t clear waivers. [Gazes in to crystal ball] I see elbow tendinitis!

  2. Preston - Mar 28, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Actually, they’re planning on putting him on the restricted list – essentially suspended without pay. They can do that for up to 30 days, after which he would have to be put on the 25 man roster or released.
    Captcha: baldness Hot – is Craig picking these?

  3. jwb - Mar 28, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    Ok, that makes sense. I didn’t know they could do that if he was actually in camp. If they can, that’s the way to go.

  4. Preston - Mar 28, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    Yeah, I think that reporting to camp 35 days late gives them plenty of cause to stick him on the restricted list.
    The weirdest part about all of this is that Belisario’s agent admitted that he missed appointments, and now Belisario claims that he didn’t.

  5. peteinfla - Mar 28, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    Maybe they have a language barrier. “What we have here is a failure to communicate!”

  6. GimmeSomeSteel - Mar 29, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    Actually, the line is, “What we have here…is failure…to communicate.” No “a”. From one of the greatest movies ever.
    Getting back to the subject–I never understand why so many players have “visa issues”. It’s not as if they don’t know when they have to be in camp, so as soon as you get back to the Dominican/Venezuela/Mexico/Panama/Nicaragua/Colombia/etc. in October, just get the darned thing DONE!
    “retching shares”?

  7. JoeT - Mar 29, 2010 at 1:58 AM

    He only has to be put on the 40 man roster and can be assigned to the minors, he doesn’t have to clear waivers for that. He still has some options left that would keep him with the Dodgers without being with the big league team.

  8. Old Gator - Mar 29, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Construye socialismo Bolivariano!

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