Originally posted on Dodgers Rumors  |  Last updated 5/3/12

The Dodgers designated Mike MacDougal for assignment Thursday and activated Ronald Belisario from the restricted list. Belisario had been serving a 25-game, league-mandated suspension for positive drug test, which is believed to be a result of his history of cocaine use. The Dodgers were forced to make a move today and MacDougal or Jamey Wright were the odd men out in this scenario, ultimately the coaching staff went with MacDougal which is no surprise. Belisario came off the restricted list today and needed to be released, designated for assignment, or added to the major-league roster today.

MacDougal has struggled out of the gate, MacDougal had to know he was on the hot seat after allowing five runs in 5.2 innings for a 7.94 ERA. The 35-year-old right-hander also walked six and struck out four. The Dodgers added MacDougal shortly before the start of spring training as depth in the bullpen. Obviously this isn't the MacDougal we saw last year, but we all knew the Dodgers were never going to see lightning strike twice with MacDougal anyway. The Dodgers will now have 10 days to either add MacDougal to the 40-man roster, trade him, or the more likely scenario, release him. The Dodgers also have the option of placing him on waivers, but I highly doubt another team would place a waiver claim.

The Dodgers signed MacDougal to a one-year deal worth $650K, the deal contained a $2.35MM option for 2013, or a $350K buyout. After posting a team-leading 2.05 ERA last season, his ineffectiveness began in spring training this year, when he posted a 7.88 ERA.

Enter Ronald Belisario. Hopefully he can help bolster a bullpen that desperately needs a healthy and consistent option to call on. Belisario has a solid track record as a member of the Dodgers. However, his spring didn't go much better than MacDougal's, allowing 10 runs (8 earned) in 9.2 innings for a 7.45 ERA. The difference here is we have no idea what kind of baseball shape Belisario was in since he had been out of the MLB since 2010. In two major-league seasons with the Dodgers Belisario put up some respectable numbers, which includes a 3.36 ERA and .221 opposing batting average, with 2.13 SO/BB ratio in 128 major-league games.

The 29-year-old made four appearances with Triple-A Albuquerque and Single-A Rancho Cucamonga this season, including tossing 1.2 scoreless innings in his two appearances with the Isotopes. Belisario last pitched Wednesday and fired a scoreless frame against Oklahoma City. Hopefully Belisario can keep the momentum going as he will probably be relied on quite a bit, especially with Matt Guerrier still on the disabled list.
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