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.
May 3, 2013 |
They play 162 of these a year in the major leagues and the wealth of games can tend to blur. Not Friday night's. The Dodgers figure to remember this one awhile, from Clayton Kershaw starting just days after his father died, to Adrian Gonzalez being a late scratch with a sore neck, to Hanley Ramirez injuring his left hamstring and leaving the game, to Kershaw throwing a no-hitter for five innings, to the stranding runners. To the final heartbreak. The Giants capped a frustrating night for the Dodgers when Buster Posey hit a solo home run off reliever Ronald Belisario in the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 victory at AT&T Park.
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 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.
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.
June 11, 2013 |
It's a twist on the old joke: If the day ends in a “y” it must be time for the Dodgers to put someone on the disabled list. So Tuesday rolled around and Scott Van Slyke found himself a member of the Dodgers' most popular club, joining the 15-day DL because of shoulder bursitis. Which as it turned out, was very good news. “We actually thought it was worse than the results we got today,” Van Slyke said. “We thought maybe I had a slightly torn labrum.” That would have required surgery, similar to what Matt Kemp underwent last season, and ended his season.
July 27, 2013 |
What was just another Saturday night game for the Dodgers was something of far greater significance for Hyun-Jin Ryu. The Dodgers left-hander rarely has had as many eyes on him as he did in this game against the Cincinnati Reds, which marked his first time pitching to fellow South Korean Shin-Soo Choo. "I was definitely more nervous," Ryu said through a translator. BOX SCORE: Dodgers 4, Reds 1 Dodger Stadium, filled to capacity, temporarily became the unofficial capital of Ryu's homeland.
May 7, 2012 |
Kenley Jansen will replace Javy Guerra as the Dodgers' closer, Manager Don Mattingly announced before his team's series opener against the San Francisco Giants on Monday. “It's not a move you want to make,” Mattingly said. In his last five appearances, Guerra was 0-2 and has blown two of this three save opportunities. His earned-run average in that span was 13.50. "I still have a lot of confidence," Guerra said. "Right now, we have to win ballgames. I'll take the blame for five or six games.
October 30, 2012 |
Reliever Brandon League has finalized a new three-year deal with the Dodgers, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Times. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal isn't expected to be announced until Wednesday. Financial terms of the contract were not immediately known. General Manager Ned Colletti said last week that re-signing League was one of his top priorities. The Dodgers bullpen posted an earned-run average of 3.23 this season, fourth-best in the National League and eighth-best in the major leagues.