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.
Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw has been out since July 24 with a lower back strain. He’s slated to throw a three-inning simulated game in Pittsburgh on Monday, per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. Plunkett adds that if all goes well, the earliest Kershaw could return is August 31 against the Diamondbacks, but September 1 is more likely against the Padres.
Kershaw, 29, hit the disabled list on a pace to win his fourth Cy Young Award. He’s 15-2 with a 2.04 ERA and a 168/24 K/BB ratio in 141 1/3 innings.
The Dodgers have managed just fine without Kershaw. The club is 19-4 since July 24. At 87-35, the Dodgers own baseball’s best record, well ahead of the second-best Astros at 76-48.
Last week, Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler was ejected from a game against the Rangers after giving home plate umpire Angel Hernandez a look after a pitch was thrown outside for a ball. Kinsler was apparently unhappy with calls Hernandez had made earlier. Manager Brad Ausmus, too, was ejected.
After the game, Kinsler said that Hernandez “needs to find another job.” He added, “…he needs to stop ruining baseball games.”
Kinsler was fined by Major League Baseball for his remarks, Mlive’s Evan Woodbery reports. According to Ausmus, the fine levied on Kinsler was the largest one he’s seen in nearly 25 years in baseball. Kinsler said, “I said what I felt and what I thought. If they take offense to that, then that’s their problem.” Ausmus said, “To single out one player as a union is completely uncalled for.”
As Ashley noted on Saturday, the umpires wore white wristbands to protest “escalating attacks on umpires.” The umpires agreed to drop their protest on Sunday after commissioner Rob Manfred agreed to meet with the umpire union’s governing board, Gabe Lacques of USA TODAY Sports reports.