Or 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.
Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks left Sunday’s game against the Rangers after four innings due to soreness in his right oblique. After the game, Hicks said he expects to go on the 10-day disabled list and miss the next three to four weeks, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports.
Hicks was 1-for-2 with a single before departing on Sunday. He entered the game batting .288/.397/.515 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 198 plate appearances. It is by far the best season of his career.
Jacoby Ellsbury is on his way back from a concussion, so the Yankees will only have to bridge the gap in center field for a week or two. Mason Williams could draw some starts in center field in the meantime.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Phillies are making third baseman Maikel Franco “more than available” in trade discussions.
Franco, 24, is having an abysmal season after showing promise in 2015 and ’16. Through 289 plate appearances, he’s hitting .221/.280/.365 with nine home runs and 37 RBI. His hitting has tanked and his already below-average defense hasn’t shown any improvement.
It’s a bit surprising that the Phillies would be so eager to move Franco with his value about as low as it can go. Franco is also under control of the rebuilding Phillies through the 2021 season, so the team doesn’t have to rush into moving him. He will become eligible for arbitration for the first time after the season.
Furthermore, the Phillies don’t have an immediate replacement for Franco at third base. Andres Blanco would likely get everyday starts at the hot corner in the short-term, but as far as prospects go, there are no third baseman banging down the door. If the Phillies were to trade Franco, it would likely have to be in return for a young, talented third baseman who will be under team control for several more years.