Apparently his agent was right: Ronald Belisario is still a no-show at Dodgers camp

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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.

Report: Pirates to convert JB Shuck into two-way player

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Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports that the Pirates have decided to convert outfielder JB Shuck into a two-way player. Recent comments relayed from the club’s director of player development, Larry Broadway, indicated that the outfielder would be coached in developing his pitching skills while working at Triple-A Indianapolis.

Per Broadway, the change would be enacted to help the veteran outfielder develop some much-needed versatility in the majors, where he’s only ever been limited to outfield and DH responsibilities. Well, except for the two games in which he pitched an inning of relief: once, against the Nationals in a blowout 11-4 loss in 2016, then in a similarly painful loss to the Diamondbacks this past April. During the latter outing, he finished the game with a 13-pitch ninth inning after allowing just one hit and one walk.

Add to that one minor-league outing in 2012, and the 31-year-old Shuck has pitched just three times over the course of his 12-season career in pro ball. While he has three years of experience on the mound from his college days, he’ll need quite a bit of preparation to handle the kind of workload expected from a two-way outfielder/reliever: 20+ innings pitched over a season and 20+ games played as a designated hitter or position player.

Still, his lack of experience doesn’t seem to faze Broadway, at least not this early in the process. There’s no word yet on how soon Shuck would be expected to debut his new skillset on a major-league level.