LOS ANGELES -- Troubled Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario will start a Minor League rehab assignment next week and is eligible to return from a 25-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy on May 4.
Belisario, however, is out of options and the Dodgers must decide if he's ready to help the club on that date. If not, they cannot send him to the Minor Leagues unless he clears waivers, but he could be taken by another club.
Belisario has not pitched in the Major Leagues since 2010 and spent the entire 2011 season on the restricted list, reportedly with drug problems that prevented him from obtaining a work visa.
Manager Don Mattingly said Belisario has been working out at the club's Camelback Ranch-Glendale complex in Arizona.