Ronald Belisario suspended for 25 games [UPDATED]
Belisario must serve a 25-game suspension for violating baseball’s drug policy, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke under the condition of anonymity.
The person did not say exactly how Belisario violated the policy. But according to the policy, a player can draw a 25-game suspension for only a few reasons:
1. A player is involved or suspected of being involved in with a drug of abuse, ordered to take part in a treatment program, and fails to comply.
2. A player tests positive for a stimulant.
3. A player is convicted or pleads guilty to using or possessing a prohibited substance that is considered a drug of abuse.
Belisario, who missed all of last season because of visa problems, left the Dodgers for more than a month during the 2010 season to receive treatment in a substance-abuse program.
[UPDATED, 7:14 a.m. Wednesday: The suspension falls under the "drug of abuse" standard rather than a "stimulant" standard, according to a person familiar with the matter.]
In 2009, the hard-throwing Venezuelan was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. He pleaded to a lesser charge.
-- Dylan Hernandez and Bill Shaikin
Photo: Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times