Ronald Belisario put on restricted list

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Los Angeles Dodgers placed reliever Ronald Belisario on the restricted list, where they can leave him for up to two years.

The move clears a 40-man roster spot, meaning the Dodgers, if they so choose, can purchase the contract of a non-roster player later this spring, and it also means the club maintains all rights to Belisario for as long as it chooses to hold onto those rights.

Belisario, a mainstay in the team's bullpen the past two seasons, has been unable to obtain a visa to enter the U.S. from his native Venezuela. Although the reason for that has never come to light, Paul Kinzer, Belisario's Atlanta-based agent, said two weeks ago he wasn't optimistic that his client would pitch for the Dodgers this season.

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.