Kenley Jansen’s heart arrhythmia has left the Dodgers without a closer. Who will fill the void?
“Beli [Ronald Belisario] has thrown the ball well. Brandon (League) has had success closing games. We’re probably go back and forth between those two,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
Former Dodger closer Javy Guerra, who is currently at Triple-A Albuquerque, could also be in the mix once rosters expand Sept. 1. Mattingly said that rest will factor into his decision, meaning League is more likely to pitch the ninth inning if Belisario closed the night before.
League has struggled since he was acquired from the Seattle Mariners on July 30, allowing six runs and walking five in nine innings. The veteran right-hander recorded 37 saves last year for the Mariners and nine more this season before losing the closer’s job to Tom Wilhelmsen.
The Dodgers designated Mike MacDougal for assignment Thursday and activated Ronald Belisario from the inactive list. Belisario had been serving a 25-game, league-mandated suspension for a positive drug test, and needed to be released, DFA’d or added to the major-league roster today.
Since that inevitability had been lingering since the season began, MacDougal had to be feeling the heat after he allowed five runs (all earned) in 5.2 innings for a 7.94 ERA. The 35-year-old right-hander also walked six and struck out four.
The Dodgers have 10 days to either add MacDougal to the 40-man roster, trade him, release him or place him on waivers (within seven days).
With the Dodgers playing the first of two split-squad games Saturday, starter Nate Eovaldi tossed three scoreless innings and Matt Treanor hit his first home run of the season before an announced crowd of 8,507 at the Peoria Sports Complex. [box score]
After the Dodgers took a 2-0 lead on Treanor’s home run and an RBI groundout by Juan Uribe, the Mariners rallied for five runs off relievers Jamey Wright and Ronald Belisario. Wright gave up a long home run to Kyle Seager in two innings, and Belisario coughed up three hits, one walk, and four runs — three earned –in his lone inning of work.
The Dodgers rallied with three runs in the eighth inning off Seattle reliever Jeff Marquez.
Josh Fields finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs, maintaining his lofty spring average at .636 (7 for 11). Trent Oeltjen went 1-for-4 and scored a pair of runs, and six other Dodgers collected one hit apiece. James Loney’s fourth-inning double was his first extra-base hit in eight spring at-bats.
Thought I’d pass this along for the enjoyment of those who were Dodger fans in 2006-2007. Now-Yankees pitcher Brett Tomko is still drawing. This time, though, he’s drawing himself — and in his self-portrait, he appears sad after what looks like another a bad outing. Article from the Star-Ledger (with pictures and video! here, via Deadspin).
In other news, the LAT’s Dylan Hernandez reports that Ronald Belisario has left the team to have an MRI on his elbow. Cory Wade has been called up to replace him in the relief corps. Belisario has thrown 48 1/3 innings this season and is on pace to log 95 — which would be his highest season total since 2002, when he was in Single-A.
CBS’ Jim Hill is reporting that Dodgers RHP Ronald Belisario was arrested this morning in Pasadena under suspicion of DUI. Belisario had been pulled over for using his cell phone between the hours of 2-3 this morning, and was also cited for that. He was released later in the morning. Whether Belisario will be punished by the Dodgers for the incident is unknown.
To quote the report,
“On 6-27-2009 Ronald Belisario was stopped on Fair Oaks Ave just south of Colorado Blvd in Pasadena for talking on his cell phone while driving. An investigation was conducted and Belisario was 0227 hours for suspicion of D.U.I. Belisario was then transported to Pasadena P.D. and booked without further incident.”