Ronald Belisario wants back with Dodgers after missing season with visa issues

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Last spring Ronald Belisario kept insisting that he’d report to Dodgers camp as soon as he found his passport, but instead the reliever ended up missing the entire year due to visa problems and was placed on the restricted list so that he didn’t count towards the 40-man roster.

Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that Belisario “is again working on obtaining a work visa” to return to the United States and rejoin the Dodgers’ bullpen, but general manager Ned Colletti indicated that the team isn’t exactly counting on him for 2012.

In addition to visa problems–which have been an issue in multiple seasons–Belisario was arrested for a DUI in 2009 and missed two months in 2010 while spending time in a drug rehab facility.

If he does return it’ll be as a middle reliever, but the 29-year-old right-hander’s status is still very much up in the air.

Angels’ Pujols passes Mays for 5th on homer list with No. 661

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.

The 40-year-old Pujols connected for a solo homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin‘s fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field.

Pujols has hit five homers this season. He tied Mays last Sunday at Colorado.

It is only Pujols’ second home run since Aug. 4. He now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).

Pujols has one more season left on his contract with the Angels after this year.

Benjamin was the 428th different pitcher Pujols homered against in his career. Only Bonds has homered against more pitchers (449).