Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times has just reported the Ronnie Belisario may not be allowed into the country (or maybe it’s that they won’t allow him out of Venezula) this year. It sounds to me that it is likely some form of legal trouble, but I think we will find out soon enough. In part, he reported:
Ronald Belisario could miss the 2011 season, according to his agent, Paul Kinzer.
Pitchers and catchers were supposed to report to the Dodgers’ spring-training complex on Wednesday, but Belisario wasn’t there. The hard-throwing reliever reported late to camp in each of the last two years because of visa problems.
His latest problems could be more serious.
Kinzer would not specify why Belisario was still in his native Venezuela. But asked if Belisario was having trouble securing a visa, Kinzer replied, “It goes a little deeper than that.”
Kinzer said he didn’t think Belisario would be able to enter the United States at any time this year.
“Unless some things change drastically, I’m not very optimistic at this point,” Kinzer said.
Maybe Ned saw this coming, which may be why he signed so many relievers this offseason.