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.
September 2, 2013 |
They're out there, somewhere. Lost in the bullpen weeds. Leaning back in a chair, eyes wandering. Remember them? Forgotten as yesterday's news. Several yesterdays. Does Don Mattingly even remember who his middle relievers are? “I think,” he said. “We had some. I could figure it out.” Perhaps, given the opportunity. Alas, opportunity for the Dodgers' middle relievers - something of an oxymoron these days - is scarcer than a Hanley Ramirez sacrifice bunt. The Dodgers' starting pitchers are going so deep into games, the bullpen is seldom called upon until the seventh inning.
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.
August 29, 2012 |
Are you ready for the Dodgers' latest scare? Kenley Jansen was held out of the Dodgers last two games on Tuesday and Wednesday because of his heart condition. Jansen spent a month on the disabled list last season with an irregular heartbeat . He had to take blood thinners to get his condition under control and, with fear of possibly hemorrhaging, was not allowed to play. If it's the same situation now, Jansen would probably be lost for the rest of the season. Jansen would not address his condition with reporters after the Dodgers' 10-8 victory in Denver, and did not give the training staff permission to discuss it. The only information the team did release was that his heart problem was related to the one he experienced last season.
June 13, 2013 |
How many players on the Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks will be suspended in the wake of Tuesday's brawl at Dodger Stadium ? We'll have to wait until Friday to find out. Although Major League Baseball had been expected to announce fines and suspensions on Thursday, the league delayed the announcement until Friday, according to a baseball source. The Dodgers could face the loss of phenom Yasiel Puig. He was one of three Dodgers ejected in Tuesday's fight, along with reliever Ronald Belisario and hitting coach Mark McGwire.