Two weeks ago Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario and his agent had an odd back-and-forth in the media, with Paul Kinzer saying that he didn’t expect Belisario to pitch at all this season due to visa problems in Venezuela and Belisario responding that he simply lost his passport and would soon be reporting to spring training.
Well, he’s still a no-show and it certainly doesn’t sound like the Dodgers are expecting him in camp any time soon.
This morning Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times asked Don Mattingly if there was anything new regarding Belisario’s situation and the first-year manager sarcastically replied: “I didn’t see him in the meeting.”
Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Kinzer was right about Belisario likely missing the entire season, but clearly the notion that he was being delayed by nothing more than a lost passport is off base.
Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.
Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.
As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.