GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Right-handed reliever Ramon Troncoso cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Albuquerque by the Dodgers Friday.
Troncoso, out of options, was designated for assignment on March 22 to make room on the 40-man roster for Ronald Belisario, who needed to be moved from the restricted list even though he will start the season serving a 25-game suspension for violating the MLB drug policy.
The 29-year-old Troncoso, after needing four seasons in the Dominican Rookie League, seemed headed to a promising career when he posted a 2.72 ERA in 73 appearances in 2009. But early in 2010, with Belisario on the restricted list for reporting late to Spring Training, Troncoso assumed an exhaustive workload and his sinker hasn't been the same. He made only 18 appearances with the Dodgers last year.