PHOENIX -- The first burning question of Spring Training will be answered on Wednesday, when Dodgers pitchers and catchers report to Camelback Ranch-Glendale.Will Ronald Belisario be on time? Club officials say they don't know. When he was late with visa problems in 2009, nobody missed him, because nobody knew him. Coming off an unexpectedly effective rookie season, he was late again with visa problems in 2010, and a disastrous sophomore year followed that included a month-long drug rehab and a whopping three-run increase in his ERA. The domino effect resulted in the overuse of Ramon Troncoso, effectively costing the club two effective relievers. So, the Dodgers are only hopeful Belisario will be on the field on Thursday for the first workout. The remainder of the position players report for physicals on Feb. 21 and the first full-squad workout is Feb. 22. The exhibition schedule opens for the Dodgers with split-squad road games Feb. 26 against the Angels and the Giants. Belisario wasn't the Dodgers' only problem last year, but he typified a team that went from first place to fourth place under Joe Torre.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.