PHOENIX -- Non-roster catcher Eliezer Alfonzo won’t be in the Dodgers’ major-league camp this spring, as he remains in his native Venezuela infected with dengue virus.
Alfonzo, who is on a minor league contract, was given permission to report late to camp so he could tend to a family matter. While in Venezuela, he contracted the virus.
If or when Alfonzo reports to the Dodgers’ spring-training complex, he will be in the minor-league camp.
Alfonzo’s place in the major-league camp will be taken by catcher Matt Wallach, son of third base coach Tim Wallach.
Matt Wallach, 27, batted .232, with four home runs and 17 runs batted in, in 59 games at double-A Chattanooga last season. He split time with Gorman Erickson.
The 34-year-old Alfonzo is one of only two players to be suspended twice for violating baseball’s drug policy. (The other is Manny Ramirez.)