Belisario back to game action in rehab stint

Belisario back to game action in rehab stint

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario let up one run on one hit and one walk in one inning Saturday for Class A Inland Empire in his first game action since going on the restricted list on July 7.

The right-hander is scheduled to throw another inning Sunday evening for Inland Empire, which is on the road in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. That could lead to a potential activation Tuesday as the Dodgers begin a seven-game road trip in Philadelphia -- if Belisario's off-the-field matters are cleared first. He was put on the restricted list for personal reasons, according to the team, which were reported by the Los Angeles Times to be connected to substance abuse.

Another Tuesday return for the Dodgers, shortstop Rafael Furcal, seemed less likely Sunday than it did the day before. After saying he expected him back Tuesday, manager Joe Torre used the word hopeful on Sunday instead.

Furcal has been out since Monday, and after an MRI came back favorably, the team felt a trip to the disabled list was unnecessary. Furcal has yet to hit and didn't exactly seem optimistic.

"I cannot run 100 percent, I cannot swing the bat good," Furcal said. "Throwing is not bothering me much. Problem is sometimes I have a sharp pain [when leaning forward to field a ball]."