GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It may have taken him a long time to get here but Ronald Belisario has moved quickly upon arrival.
The White Sox said the reliever, who arrived in camp three weeks late because of visa issues, would make his Cactus League debut against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.
Belisario, who will earn $3 million this season, reported to camp ready to go with a bullpen session thrown only hours after he walked in the door.
He threw another Monday and the White Sox have been impressed with how the right-hander has looked so far.
“He definitely was throwing in Venezuela because he came out here and had a nice sideline,” pitching coach Don Cooper said Saturday. “Ball out of his hand has life, movement, sink. I’m excited. I’m saying we have another one of our guys here and a guy we’re counting on, a veteran and it’s just good all around that he’s here.”
Belisario said political unrest in Venezuela caused the embassy to be closed the week his visa appointment was scheduled.
Pitchers and catchers reported to Glendale on Feb. 15.