Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario will miss the rest of the Venezuela Winter League season after being kicked off the team for what the organization called disciplinary reasons, according to the L.A. Times.
According to reports in Venezuela, Belisario asked to leave the team for personal reasons, but did not return as scheduled. The team granted him permission to leave for a week, and while Belisario claims he did return on time, he was told he was no longer on the team. Belisario was playing for the Margarita Braves and, according to the report, he had previous issues with the Braves general manager.
While Belisario will miss the final eight games of the Winter League season, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said he wasn't concerned that the incident would affect his arrival at Dodgers camp. Belisario has previously had visa issues, including in 2011 when he missed the entire season after being unable to obtain a visa following a failed drug test.
Belisario was one of the Dodgers' best relievers last season, posting a 2.54 ERA over 71 innings.