That doesn’t necessarily change Belisario’s status with the team any, but as Tony Jackson of ESPNLA.com writes it does allow the Dodgers to remove him from the 40-man roster and, at some point, add another player in his place.
Belisario was also placed on the restricted list for “personal reasons” in the middle of last season and ended up missing two months, with various reports indicating that he spent time in a substance abuse program.
Players can be placed on the restricted list for as long as two consecutive seasons, during which time their team retains their rights, so this is basically an “if he ever shows up again, we still have him” move by the Dodgers.
Baseball is a young man’s game. Whereas, a few short years ago, teams went into battle with a lot of guys with ten or twelve years of experience under their belt, these days such veterans are a dying breed. Whether you chalk it up to teams favoring youth because youth is less expensive, the game simply favoring younger, more athletic players, the decline in PED use among ballplayers or some combination of all three, the fact is that it’s better to be 23 in Major League Baseball these days than 33.
Turner is 33 — he turns 34 in November — yet he remains at or near the top of his game. It’s been a shorter season than usual for him due to an injury that cost him all of April and part of May, but his production when healthy remains at a near-MVP level. He’s hitting .318/.413/.525 on the year, and his return coincided with the Dodgers shaking off their early-season doldrums. Now, with his help, they are on the verge of yet another NL West title.
Not only that, but he’s doing that while holding down a second job!