Ronald Belisario Will Be Suspended 25 Games To Start 2012

Assuming that he actually does show up at Spring Training and that he manages to stay out of trouble between now and then, reliever Ronald Belisario will be hit with a 25 game suspension to start 2012.

Reliever Ronald Belisario has received a visa valid for the next five years and is expected to be in Arizona for the start of spring training, but he won’t be on the Dodgers’ opening-day roster.

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.

Of course.

[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.]

MSTI argues that it gives the Dodgers time to evaluate what they have, but I can’t see myself twisting this into a positive when a guy who has always been plagued with off-the-field issues starts the season with a suspension related to an off-the-field issue.

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