Today is the day for Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers and catchers to report to spring training camp at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona. However, they are missing at least one pitcher so far, which has become an annual event. Ronald Belisario is not expected to report to camp today, which would make the third straight year he will have reported to spring training late. "It doesn't sound like Belisario is going to be here today," manager Don Mattingly said. "We started the process early and did everything we could do."
Belisario has showed up late to spring training in each of his first two seasons as a Dodger, because of visa issues. Last season, Belisario didn't exactly put his best foot forward in his efforts to comply, missing appointments in Venezuela that would have helped him with the arduous process. He showed up 35 days late, and began the season on the restricted list.
Even though Belisario is working on a short leash, as long as he does what is expected of him to get his visa, his lateness (as long as it isn't extended) won't be held against him. But lest we count our chickens before they are hatched, it's probably best to consider Belisario a non-entity until he actually shows up to camp.
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