Dodgers' Ronald Belisario 3rd in Sporting News NL Comeback Player of the Year

Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

After missing all of 2011 because of work visa issues, the right hander played a key role in the Dodgers bullpen in 2012.

Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario finished third in the voting for the The Sporting News NL Comeback Player of the Year award, as selected by a group of 203 major league players.

Some players come back from poor years, some come back from injury, and -- in Belisario's case -- some come back from off-field issues. The right-hander missed the entire 2011 season because he couldn't get a work visa to allow him entry to the United States from Venezuela. The work visa issues stemmed from a positive cocaine test that forced him to serve a 25-game suspension once the 2012 season started.

In 71 innings for the Dodgers in 2012, the 29-year-old posted an impressive 8-1 record with a 2.54 ERA. He received 12 votes for the award, behind Adam LaRoche of the Washington Nationals (29 votes) and award winner Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants (31 votes).

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