Ronald Belisario came into last night’s White Sox Blue Jays game in the ninth inning to lock down a 5-2 lead. When he left it was 5-3, with Belisario having given up a homer and having put two more runners on, one of whom came around to score. Robin Ventura had to call on two more relievers to wiggle out of the jam and escape the game with a 5-4 win.
Afterward Ventura announced that Belisario — who now has a 5.54 ERA and has allowed 84 hits in 74.1 innings — has been removed from his role as the team’s closer. Jake Petricka, one of the two who came in to bail out Belisario, could be his replacement. Or possibly Javy Guerra and Zach Putnam. We just know it ain’t Bellisario anymore.
Javy Guerra was the Dodgers’ Opening Day closer last season, but yesterday they reassigned the right-hander to Triple-A.
Guerra held the closer job for around a month before giving way to Kenley Jansen. He pitched well overall with a 2.60 ERA in 45 innings, but missed five weeks in the middle of the season following knee surgery, nearly all of September with an oblique injury, and then had shoulder surgery in November.
His shoulder surgery was considered minor, but with the Dodgers’ stockpile of pitching depth there wasn’t much motivation to rush him along.
According to Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers announced yesterday that Javy Guerra underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder.
The surgery was performed by team orthopedist Dr. Neal ElAttrache and involved cleaning up bursitis in the AC joint. Guerra will begin a throwing program in six weeks and should be ready for spring training if all goes well.
Guerra posted a 2.60 ERA and a 37/23 K/BB ratio over 45 innings this season while going 8-for-13 in save chances. The 27-year-old right-hander began the season as the Dodgers’ closer, but lost the job to Kenley Jansen in May before requiring knee surgery a month later. He made it back in July, but was demoted in August and suffered a season-ending oblique injury after returning as a September call-up. He’ll hope for better luck on the health front in 2013.