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06/28/09 4:00 PM ET
Torre meets with Belisario about arrest
Dodgers manager says discipline up to GM Colletti
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Joe Torre had a private meeting with reliever Ronald Belisario, who was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol near his Pasadena apartment. Torre said the meeting was "short," but that he let the 26-year-old rookie know that he is in the public eye and such behavior will not be tolerated. "I think we make that point with players for a variety of reasons, and I think it's a good thing [to make that point]," Torre said. "Years ago, if you were on a team, they might let it slide, but now they make examples of you, which is fine." Belisario was reportedly pulled over by California Highway Patrol at 2:27 a.m. PT after talking on his cell phone while driving, and then was arrested for symptoms of possible alcohol intoxication. It's still unclear what Belisario was charged with, but Torre said that Belisario will be available to pitch while the legal process sorts itself out. "It shouldn't [change his role] as long as he's available to us," said Torre, who added that general manager Ned Colletti will make the decision whether to fine or suspend Belisario. For now, Torre said the plan is just to wait and see how the legal process goes, and then the organization will make decisions from there. "It's an organizational issue at this point in time," Torre said. "It doesn't mean I'm not going to get involved, but for the most part with what he's had to deal with, we'll just have to let it play out."
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.