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.
August 5, 2010 |
There was a Ronald Belisario sighting Thursday. Watched by a crowd that included Manager Joe Torre , General Manager Ned Colletti and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt , Belisario took the mound at Dodger Stadium and threw a 25-pitch bullpen session. "Getting close," Colletti said. Belisario hasn't pitched in a month. The hard-throwing reliever was placed on the restricted list July 7, a move that removed him from the 40-man roster. The Dodgers said Belisario left the team for personal reasons, but The Times reported he was receiving treatment in a substance-abuse program.
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.
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.
December 3, 2013 |
The Dodgers are moving toward a new deal with Brian Wilson but still don't have an agreement with the bearded right-hander, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke under the condition of anonymity. Wilson wants to be the team's closer but would make an exception to pitch again in Los Angeles, where he has an off-season home. If Wilson returns, he would be a setup man for closer Kenley Jansen - a role with which other top-tier free-agent relievers are said to be uncomfortable.
November 30, 2012 |
The Dodgers met with Zack Greinke this week, according to a person familiar with the situation who wasn't authorized to comment on the matter. Greinke is the top starting pitcher on the free-agent market and is expected to sign a nine-figure contract, something the Dodgers have the wherewithal to offer him. The Dodgers are also interested in Anibal Sanchez. If the Dodgers fail to sign Greinke or Sanchez, they could turn their attention to the likes of Kyle Lohse or Ryan Dempster.
March 26, 2014 |
All that bullpen depth, and you would have thought the Dodgers would get something for their overflow. But it was nothing doing, and on Wednesday they lost both Javy Guerra and Seth Rosin to waiver claims. Guerra, their ex-closer who saved 21 games in 2011 , could never duplicate that late-season surge. He lost his role early the next season and spent most of 2013 in the minors. He flat-lined enough that it seems no team was willing to dangle anything for him in trade, so the Chicago White Sox claimed him. Dennis Gilbert, special assistant to White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, watches most every game at Dodger Stadium directly behind homeplate.
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.