Ronald Belisario mum on absence
PHILADELPHIA -- Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario, who was activated from the restricted list before Tuesday night's game with the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, issued a written statement and granted an interview to reporters in the clubhouse. But the right-hander still didn't reveal the reason for his monthlong absence.
"I'm not talking about it,'' Belisario said. "I had a statement. Now, I'm just kind of thinking about baseball, and that's it.''
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Paul Kinzer, Belisario's Atlanta-based agent, said last month that the player was dealing with anxiety issues but would not say if they were related to any other problem.
"I don't want to talk about it,'' Belisario said.
Belisario's written statement read as follows:
"I was placed on the restricted list to deal with certain personal issues. At this time, those issues have thankfully been resolved, and I am ready to join my teammates. Given the personal nature of my issues, I can not comment any further.''
Throughout an interview that lasted about seven minutes, Belisario offered little in the way of additional insight.
Asked if he was in the U.S. throughout his absence -- his home is in Venezuela -- he declined to answer. Asked if there was any aspect of the situation that might result either in another absence later this season or a late arrival to spring training for the third consecutive year, Belisario said he didn't think so.
"I think I'll be here for the rest of the season,'' he said. "I think everything will be all right for next year.''
Belisario said he was throwing throughout his absence and that he felt normal during a two-game rehabilitation stint at high Class A Inland Empire over the weekend.
Belisario said he didn't think he would formally address his teammates about his absence or the reason for it. He did say he recognized that the Dodgers have missed him in their bullpen -- the team was 12-17 while he was gone -- and that he regretted that.
"[But] I feel like things happen for a reason,'' Belisario said. "Everything that happened happened. I can't get too worried about it. I just have to keep moving forward.''
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.