GLENDALE, Ariz. -- When is news not really news? When it is news that right-hander Ronald Belisario will report late to spring training because of visa issues.
Belisario, who signed with the White Sox this winter, will be a late arrival to camp according to general manager Rick Hahn.
“It’s not totally unforeseen that this was going to be a bit of a process,” Hahn said. “His agent has been working on it. (Senior director of minor league operations) Grace Zwit has been working on it, as has Major League Baseball. We’re hopeful it will get resolved here in the next few days.”
The Los Angeles Dodgers know all about trying to resolve Belisario’s visa issues. The Venezuela native, who previously pitched for the Dodgers, has a history of visa problems. In fact, he missed spring training entirely in 2011 and spent that entire season in the minor leagues.
Hard throwing but inconsistent, the Dodgers elected to sever ties with Belisario this winter when they did not tender him a contract. He was project to make $2.3 million through arbitration.
As a free agent, the White Sox signed him for one year at $3 million.