Dec 5, 2011, 4:40 PM EST
Last spring Ronald Belisario kept insisting that he’d report to Dodgers camp as soon as he found his passport, but instead the reliever ended up missing the entire year due to visa problems and was placed on the restricted list so that he didn’t count towards the 40-man roster.
Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that Belisario “is again working on obtaining a work visa” to return to the United States and rejoin the Dodgers’ bullpen, but general manager Ned Colletti indicated that the team isn’t exactly counting on him for 2012.
In addition to visa problems–which have been an issue in multiple seasons–Belisario was arrested for a DUI in 2009 and missed two months in 2010 while spending time in a drug rehab facility.
If he does return it’ll be as a middle reliever, but the 29-year-old right-hander’s status is still very much up in the air.
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