Ronald Belisario: 'I lost my passport'
Ronald Belisario told a Venezuelan newspaper that he lost his passport and that he should be able to report to camp soon after obtaining a new one.
But that's news to Belisario’s agent, Paul Kinzer, who said on Wednesday that his client will probably miss the entire season because of his inability to gain legal entry into the United States.
"That would be news to me," Kinzer said. "I hope that's true."
Kinzer said he has lost touch with the hard-throwing reliever, who hasn't reported to camp on time for the third consecutive spring.
"He's gone kind of quiet," Kinzer said. "I haven't heard from him in a few weeks."
Kinzer again declined to say why Belisario hasn't reported to spring training.
"I lost my passport, and I have an appointment set for Friday," Belisario told Lider en Deportes. "I passed the embassy's medical examinations, and all I have to do is get the passport."
Belisario said he would report to camp.
"Of course, I'll go to spring training," he said. "As soon as I get the passport, I'll go back to the embassy to get a visa. They already have my test results."
He said he hasn't called the Dodgers because he will resolve the situation on his own.
The newspaper reported that Belisario "tested positive" in his medical examinations with the U.S. Embassy last year.
Belisario missed more than a month of the regular season last year to receive treatment in a substance-abuse program.
-- Dylan Hernandez in Phoenix
Photo: Ronald Belisario. Credit: Bret Hartman/ For The Times