Ronald Belisario is either immature or stupid

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belisario throwing.JPGOr both.  According to Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles, right-handed reliever Ronald Belisario has yet to report to spring training and has missed three scheduled appointments at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela that would have helped clear up his visa issues and allowed him to travel.

Belisario, for whatever reason, has shown little motivation to report to the Dodgers’ spring training complex and it’s caught the ire of the wrong man.  Here’s Dodgers GM Ned Colletti:

“You would think that when you have the opportunity to make a living
throwing a baseball, and the opportunity presents itself to pitch in the
big leagues, support your family and build a career, that would be
something you would pursue to the fullest.”

The 27-year-old posted an impressive 2.04 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 70 2/3 innings out of the Dodgers’ bullpen last season.  He needs to make a beeline for Glendale, Arizona.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.