June 20, 2012 |
OAKLAND — When relief pitcher Ronald Belisario returned to the Dodgers on May 4, the team did not know what to expect. After all, the hard-throwing Venezuelan had not pitched for the Dodgers since Oct. 1, 2010, because of various personal problems, including a 25-game suspension at the start of this season. But since Belisario rejoined the club, "It's been a nice surprise," Manager Don Mattingly said. Entering Wednesday's play, Belisario was 3-0 with a 1.25 earned-run average.
August 9, 2010 |
Gone for more than a month because of what the Dodgers and his agent described as personal reasons, reliever Ronald Belisario is set to return for the start of a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday. Belisario was part of the Dodgers' traveling party that departed Los Angeles on Monday, according to a team source who did not have permission to speak publicly. A roster spot for the hard-throwing reliever was opened when the Dodgers optioned Ramon Troncoso to triple-A Albuquerque.
February 16, 2011 |
Ronald Belisario failed to report to the Dodgers' Camelback Ranch spring training complex Wednesday ? no surprise considering the hard-throwing reliever was a late arrival in each of the last two years. But Belisario's latest round of visa problems appear to be far more serious than they have been in the past, and his agent said he would probably miss the entire 2011 season. Agent Paul Kinzer wouldn't specify why Belisario was still in his native Venezuela but indicated he is unlikely to gain legal entry into the United States this year.
July 17, 2012 |
This is turning ugly. The Dodgers still can't hit. And now, their bullpen looks vulnerable. They appeared to be on their way to ending a three-game losing streak Tuesday night when setup man Ronald Belisario's control suddenly abandoned him. With two out in the eighth inning, the bases empty and the Dodgers holding a one-run advantage over the Philadelphia Phillies, Belisario walked Chase Utley on four pitches. He then plunked Ryan Howard. Then he hit Carlos Ruiz. Closer Kenley Jansen was called on to make a four-out save but instead served up a two-run single to Hunter Pence that sent the Dodgers to a 3-2 defeat in front of a stunned crowd at Dodger Stadium.
July 18, 2013 |
Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez and a surging offense aren't the only reasons the Dodgers are among Major League Baseball's hottest teams. And the rest of the credit can't go only to dual aces Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. The overshadowed Dodgers relief corps has quietly been a key factor during the team's ascent from laughability to respectability. When Manager Don Mattingly replaced Brandon League with Kenley Jansen as closer on June 12, he shuffled and reorganized the bullpen.
May 25, 2013 |
Give the Dodgers a moment for it to soak in, to refresh memories. It has been awhile. The Dodgers lost a lead, rallied to regain it and then even built upon it a tad. All around a little Matt Kemp drama. After losing a 3-1 lead almost solely provided by Adrian Gonzalez, the Dodgers came back on a double by Mark Ellis to down the Cardinals, 5-3, before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 49,368. On a day when Ted Lilly gave the Dodgers five strong innings and a frustrated Kemp became irate when lifted in a double switch in the seventh inning, the Dodgers found a way to grasp a much-needed victory.
December 15, 2013 |
They come and go, though sometimes it can feel like they're just going. The Dodgers have signed Juan Uribe , Brian Wilson, Dan Haren and Cuban Alex Guerrero this off-season, but have lost their share too, many they would have liked back. Now, to the exit list of Skip Schumaker, Nick Punto, Ronald Belisario, Jerry Hairston Jr., Edison Volquez and Ricky Nolasco, you apparently can add Mark Ellis. Ellis was the Dodgers' starting second baseman the last two years, but now he has signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
November 29, 2013 |
The Dodgers, who already reached a deal with outfielder Mike Baxter , agreed to terms with two other players eligible for salary arbitration: left-handed reliever Scott Elbert and catcher Drew Butera. The deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players is Monday. The Dodgers now have four players who are still eligible for arbitration: ace Clayton Kershaw, closer Kenley Jansen, catcher A.J. Ellis and right-handed reliever Ronald Belisario. The deals agreed to with Baxter, Elbert and Butera are all non-guaranteed, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
December 19, 2012 |
The Dodgers traded John Ely on Wednesday to the Houston Astros for minor league pitcher Rob Rasmussen. Ely debuted in 2010, and after his first seven starts he was 3-2 with a 2.54 earned-run average. He finished the season 4-10 with a 5.49 ERA and went back to Albuquerque, where he fared no better (5-4, 6.22). He made one Dodgers start in 2011 and a pair of relief appearances last season. Rasmussen, 23, was almost a Dodger previously. He was drafted in the 27th round out of Pasadena Poly in 2007, but instead went to UCLA.
August 31, 2012 |
Kenley Jansen will learn Tuesday if he will pitch again this season. That is the day the Dodgers' closer will visit a heart specialist who will tell him whether he has to continue taking blood-thinning medication. If Jansen stops taking the medication, he can pitch as early as Sept. 7 in San Francisco. If he has to continue taking it, he will be out four weeks. The medication is designed to prevent clots and strokes. But if Jansen is struck with a baseball while on it, he could bleed to death.