Ronald Belisario throws simulated game

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario threw a simulated game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday afternoon, the first time he has been spotted at the ballpark during hours when the media was present since he was placed on the restricted list July 7 for reasons that still haven't been made public.

Dodgers manager Joe Torre said Belisario could begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment as soon as Saturday.

"I think the thing we're going to plan on is a rehab, possibly this weekend," Torre said. "I think maybe Saturday, because he would need a day off after today."

After his 25-pitch simulated game and some running in the outfield, Belisario left the field without speaking to reporters. Dodgers strength and athletic-training assistant Nick Conte, who was walking alongside Belisario, told reporters Belisario wouldn't speak until he returned to the active roster, something that probably won't happen until after he goes on a brief minor league rehabilitation assignment.

Josh Rawitch, the Dodgers' vice president for communications, reiterated in the clubhouse that Belisario -- who at the time was dressing at a locker within 10 feet of where Rawitch was standing -- wouldn't be speaking to the media at the present time.

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said the simulated game -- which was about the fifth time Belisario has thrown overall during his absence -- was a step toward getting him back, but Colletti still wasn't sure when that will happen.

"Some of that is out of our control, so we'll see,'' Colletti said.

Meanwhile, Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, who also had watched Belisario throw a bullpen on Wednesday morning, said he liked what he was seeing.

"He looked free and easy," Honeycutt said. "The ball was coming out of his hand extremely nicely. His overall command was good, and his velocity looked fine. ... I asked him to just be free and easy and not worry about in-and-out or trying to do too much."

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.