Only Belisario missing, Ventura addresses White Sox on Day 1

Only Belisario missing, Ventura addresses White Sox on Day 1
February 20, 2014, 6:15 pm
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Everyone aside from reliever Ronald Belisario was accounted for as the White Sox held their first full-squad workout on Thursday.

The relief pitcher, who hails from Venezuela, has had visa issues and is the only player among 62 in camp who isn’t on time.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura, who addressed his full team before their first workout, said Thursday he isn’t sure when Belisario would arrive.

“It was quick,” Ventura said of his address. “But it was more about being ready, getting your mind ready...When you’re doing drills you have to make sure your mind is ready and you’re doing the right things to get better.”

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Everyone in camp, with the exception of reliever Nate Jones is healthy, Ventura said.

Jones, who has a gluteal strain, has worked out each of the past two days, including some work on the field Thursday. The right-hander has been rested since he reported to camp last Friday and informed the team of the strain, which he suffered a week before arriving at Camelback Ranch.

One of the highlights from Thursday’s camp was the assignment of one pod of hitters. Veteran Paul Konerko, who is participating in the final spring training of his career, was paired with fellow first basemen Adam Dunn and Jose Abreu.