Yeah, right, there’s an outcome you’d best not tie your little playoff hopes to. The one thing Ronald Belisario has been the past two years is completely unreliable.
He’ll always have 2009, when he was an absolute stud (2.04 ERA, .201 opponent batting average), but since then he’s been all over the map, though largely in his native Venezuela.
There was a DUI arrest and visa problems, a trip to the restricted list for substance-abuse treatment, a positive cocaine test and more visa problems, and a 25-game suspension to start the season. Meanwhile, when last seen in 2010, his ERA had ballooned to 5.04.
He returned from his suspension Saturday, and for one inning on one afternoon, looked an awful lot like the 2009 version.
“His stuff has never really been in question,” said Manager Don Mattingly. “If he's throwing like that, it's a big bonus for us.”