With Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario still not in camp due to visa issues in his native Venezuela, manager Joe Torre finally conceded definitively that the right-hander now has no chance of being on the season-opening roster.
"I know if he comes in now that he certainly isn't going to be available for us," Torre said. "So my concern is the guys who are available for us right now. I thought when I went to Taiwan, I would get back and he would be here. So ever since then, I stopped thinking about it. I think whatever happens, it's a missed opportunity. But I just don't concern myself with things I have no control over."
A Venezuelan source said last weekend that Belisario probably would arrive in camp by the middle of this week, but that didn't happen. Belisario had an appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas on Thursday, and Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said Belisario kept that appointment. However, there was no indication whether that was a final appointment in which Belisario would be given the green light to enter the United States.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com