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Ronald Belisario is already at Dodgers camp, but drug suspension looms

Jan 31, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

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Ronald Belisario missed all of last season because he couldn’t secure a visa, but this year the Venezuelan reliever has already reported to Dodgers camp in Arizona in the hopes of reclaiming a bullpen job.

Of course, since nothing ever seems to come easy with Belisario he’d first have to serve a 25-game suspension for violating MLB’s drug policy, which means he won’t be on the Opening Day roster regardless of how good he looks in spring training.

Belisario had a fantastic rookie season in 2009, throwing 71 innings with a 2.04 ERA and 64/29 K/BB ratio, but posted a 5.04 ERA in 55 innings as a sophomore and missed a big chunk of the season while undergoing treatment for an undisclosed drug problem. At this point the Dodgers should probably view any contributions from Belisario as a bonus and work from there.

  1. cur68 - Jan 31, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    I look forward to a Dodgers post chock full of nothing but good news. Till that day happens, I declare a personal moratorium on Dodger commentary.

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