Belisario Could Miss Season Due To Visa Issues

Dodgers right-hander Ronald Belisario's arrival at Spring Training has been delayed by visa problems for the third straight season.  The reliever told Venezuelan newspaper Lider en Deportes (as passed on by Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times) that he had lost his passport and was working to get it replaced, but this news surprised Belisario's agent Paul Kinzer, who told Hernandez a day earlier that Belisario was unlikely to be approved to enter the United States and would probably have to miss the seaason.

Kinzer said on Wednesday that he was "not very optimistic" about Belisario pitching in the majors, and said the following day that Belisario's claim of a lost passport was "news to me."  Kinzer also admitted that he hadn't heard from his client "in a few weeks."  If Belisario isn't at Spring Training by February 26, Hernandez notes the Dodgers could remove him from the 40-man roster but still retain his rights by placing him on the restricted list.

Belisario posted a 2.04 ERA and an 8.2 K/9 rate in 69 relief appearances in his 2009 rookie year, but struggled both on the field (a 5.04 ERA in 59 games) and off (a month-long leave of absence from the team that was reportedly due to substance-abuse rehab) in 2010.'s Tony Jackson hears from Kinzer that Belisario's problems in obtaining a visa are related to his off-the-field problems last summer.   

Belisario was pitching extremely well in the Venezuelan Winter League this offseason, but given these repeated problems, you wonder how long the Dodgers will tolerate him.  The team's recent acquisitions of Juan Rincon and Lance Cormier — plus their interest in Jeff Weaver — indicates the Dodgers are already getting some right-handed options in place should Belisario indeed not be able to pitch.

15 Responses to Belisario Could Miss Season Due To Visa Issues Leave a Reply

  1. Encarnacion's Parrot 4 years ago

    If the Dodgers cut him loose, I’m sure other teams will be willing to take on the risk. He’s only a reliever anyways.

    • BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

      No point in releasing him. More likely they’ll put him on the restricted list and keep him under team control in the hopes he gets his head together. In the meantime, the Dodgers can induct him into their headcase hall of shame, along with Kevin Brown, Darrell Strawberry and Milton Bradley.

  2. Glad that they signed Guerrier, and have Elbert waiting in the wings, as well as Kenley Jansen, and Ron Mahay, Cormier… in fact as good as Belisario’s stuff is – and it can be undeniably filthy – he’s such a headcase, this has happened about every year, not to mention a substance abuse issues last year, that they are quite frankly better off without him. They have plenty of other guys who can step in, without all the drama. Too bad though, he has talent.

  3. “Its better to travel well, than to arrive”

  4. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    With all the ppl on the player/agent side and the front office side and resources how does something like this happen? Unless he’s done something illegal why can’t this be cleared up in time for him to pitch this season? Bizzare.

    Tell him if he can get to Mexico I know some coyotes that will get him in. Grow a mustache, dye his air and get some tatoos and introduce him as Jose Gonzales aka the Joe Smith of Latin America. What a silly problem to have and what a silly problem to be discovered this close to ST.

  5. vtadave 4 years ago

    I’ve lost a few things when I’ve been drunk too (car, women, cash…). Imagine Belisario will find his passport once he sobers up.

    • jb226 4 years ago


      Have you investigated the possibility that the women took your cash and drove off with it in your car?

      Just throwin’ that out there.

  6. meep 4 years ago

    if i was the dodgers ill just think this is really weird that it happen 2 years in a row. ill just say f this and move on. you dont want a guy who going to be a problem every year

  7. JR_Tolls1 4 years ago

    Hope no one puts him on their fantasy team.

  8. leowalter 4 years ago

    Why do you think that Ronald was released by the Marlins and Pirates ? When he was in AA Altoona,he had more than his share of ” problems “.

  9. BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

    FWIW, the LA Times says today that Belisario may have worked out his passport problem and might report to camp after all. If so he should be required bring along his shrink and his AA mentor.

  10. lavender1 4 years ago

    where did they find this clown?

  11. lavender1 4 years ago

    no problem,he will make money on next episode of caracas celebrity rehab.

  12. start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

    I’m sure they’d never look for him on a pitchers mound in LA.

  13. change his uniform name to Belisairo.

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