Belisario's absence from White Sox camp may hurt preparation

Belisario's absence from White Sox camp may hurt preparation
February 23, 2014, 2:00 pm
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GLENDALE, Ariz. — There’s still no sign of Ronald Belisario in White Sox camp and manager Robin Ventura said it’s close to becoming an issue.

Visa issues have kept the Venezuelan relief pitcher from reporting to camp for the first nine days.

While Belisario doesn’t need as much time to get ready for the season as a starting pitcher would, that’s nine days of arm strengthening and fielding practice he has missed.

Ventura hopes Belisario is prepared to go when he does finally arrive. The right-hander signed a one-year deal for $3 million this offseason.

“We’re still on a watch,” Ventura said. “It’s getting closer (to being an issue). These guys have all been out here doing stuff and it’s getting close to it. I don’t know if I can speed up the visa issue so you have to wait and see. We’ve got people working on it. Hopefully he’s ready and the way you use him and has enough strength that you wouldn’t notice it. But every day he’s not here, it’s a day further.”