Rays reliever Belisario not expected to be ready for start of season

Ronald Belisario will not participate in any field activities for the next two weeks.

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Reliever Ronald Belisario, a non-roster invitee to Tampa Bay Rays camp, sustained a fracture of his left shoulder about a month ago while getting out of a swimming pool at his home in Venezuela. The reliever isn’t expected to be ready for the start of the season.

Belisario, 32, was seen with a sling on his left shoulder in the Rays clubhouse on Saturday at Charlotte Sports Park. The club said the native of Maracay, Venezuela, won’t return to the field for about two weeks. From there, he will be re-evaluated.

"It hadn’t been checked out until he got here," said Matt Silverman, the Rays’ president of baseball operations. "It’s going to push him back several weeks. We don’t expect him to be ready for the beginning of the season. He probably won’t throw for several weeks. But he’s ready to rehab and get back as soon as possible."

Belisario has a career 24-20 record with a 3.75 ERA, 12 saves and 84 holds in parts of five major-league seasons in stops with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox. The Rays signed him to a minor-league deal on Jan. 31.

Rays manager Kevin Cash said the shoulder problem was determined when Belisario took a physical at the Rays’ spring-training facility. Belisario was expected to compete for a bullpen role. 

"He’s going to be immobilized for a couple weeks now," Cash said. "It’s kind of unfortunate. But we’ll adjust a little bit and go from there."

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