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Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario kicked off winter ball team

Ronald Belisario

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Ronald Belisario wipes his face in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Thursday, April 22, 2010, in Cincinnati. Belisario was charged with a blown save after giving up two runs in the seventh inning. Cincinnati won the game 8-5. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

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Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario, who was suspended for the entire 2011 season following a positive cocaine test, has been kicked off his winter ball team in Venezuela.

Belisario has been removed from the roster due to undisclosed disciplinary reasons and will not play for the remainder of the winter ball season, according to Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times.

Ultimas Noticias in Venezuela reports that Belisario asked for a personal leave of absence from the team and then did not return when scheduled, at which point they booted him. Belisario claims he returned when scheduled, but still got kicked off the team because he’d been having issues with the general manager.

Belisario was very effective for the Dodgers this past season, throwing 71 innings with a 2.54 ERA, but he was terrible in 2010 and missed all of 2011 on suspension. None of this should effect his status with the Dodgers.