Dodgers' Belisario goes on restricted list
Torre surprised by lack of contact, Monasterios activated
LOS ANGELES -- Reliever Ronald Belisario was not at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday afternoon after being placed on the restricted list for "personal reasons," according to the team's press notes. Those reasons were unknown to manager Joe Torre, and general manager Ned Colletti declined to comment.
"Let's put it this way, I'm surprised by this," Torre said. "There hasn't been an issue. No disciplinary stuff that's gone on. He's been here for us every day."
Torre said he got a heads up from Colletti after Tuesday night's game that something was going on with Belisario, but said he was told nothing further.
Belisario started the season on the restricted list with visa problems in his native Venezuela, problems which were reportedly connected to an arrest near his Pasadena apartment last season for suspicion of driving under the influence. He was fined $1,000 on a reduced charge of reckless driving in the case, which was resolved in March.
Players on the restricted list do not receive pay and can be placed there for failing to report to their team or failing to contract with it.
Belisario did not approach Torre about any matters, the manager said. Players dealing with death or severe illness in the family can be placed on the bereavement list, as Rafael Furcal was last month when his father passed away.
"Well I mean, I don't know about tight," Torre said when asked about his relationship with Belisario. "He's one of my players but nothing really more than that. I like to feel close to all my players. I had no hint of this and thus have had no conversation regarding this with him."
Torre said he did not know how long Belisario may be on the list, nor any other details.
"Just I guess what was written in the notes, that's all I know," Torre said. "I have not been told anything more than what has been written, and I'll take my glasses off so you can look me in the eye."
The move freed up a roster spot for Carlos Monasterios, who was activated off the disabled list on Wednesday, but Belisario's absence leaves the bullpen without a key piece.
"It obviously takes a big chunk out of it," Torre said. "Who we rely on, especially the fact that he was pretty much a seventh-, eighth-inning guy."
Belisario, 1-1 with a 3.79 ERA, threw three innings and allowed just one hit on Monday night in a 6-5 loss to the Marlins. That performance, his longest outing of the season, helped give the Dodgers a chance to come back after an early deficit.
Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.