TEMPE, Ariz. -- The better-late-than-never thing, Ronald Belisario has taken ownership of that phrase.
Now in camp for six days, the reliever struck out two in a scoreless inning as he made his Cactus League debut in an 8-6 White Sox loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Belisario allowed a single and also recorded an out via a ground ball.
Despite arriving three weeks late to spring training because of visa issues, the Venezuela-native has almost been right on, or ahead of, schedule with other members of the bullpen.
“I was working over there, back home,” Belisario said. “So, when I came here I was almost ready. I feel ready to go.”
Belisario said the only aspect of his game that needed work Thursday was his split-fingered fastball. He plans to work on it during his next outing on Saturday night against his former team, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“He knows how to pitch,” manager Robin Ventura said. “We’re not asking him to go six innings. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow. But he’ll probably run back out there fairly soon to double up on him because he hasn’t been here from the start.”
-- Rookie Micah Johnson continues to impress as he went 2-for-3 with an infield single and three RBIs in Thursday’s loss. Johnson is 7-for-14 this spring with three RBIs.
“He’s got a lot of talent,” Ventura said. “That’s part of spring training, is to see these young kids so that we get a better idea of them if we get them at some point during the season or even next year. … There’s a lot of speed. He has a lot of tools that make him a good baseball player.”
-- Outfielder Jordan Danks had two hits, was hit by a pitch and scored three runs in three trips to the plate. He has a .346 average this spring.
-- Outfielder Blake Tekotte hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in his only at-bat.
-- Nate Jones struck out two over one inning of work.