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Ronald Belisario | Relief Pitcher

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/31/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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White Sox designated RHP Ronald Belisario for assignment.
Belisario served as Chicago's closer for a stretch this summer, but he wound up with an ugly 5.56 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 66 1/3 total innings. The 31-year-old right-hander has posted good numbers in the past and should draw interest on the waiver wire. Nov 20 - 3:26 PM

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White Sox manager Robin Ventura announced Friday that Ronald Belisario has been removed from his role as the team's closer.

It's not incredibly shocking news, as Belisario hasn't pitched well this season. The last straw apparently came in Friday's game where he surrendered two runs (one earned) on three hits while recording only one out against the Blue Jays. Jake Petricka came on and converted the save on Friday, and could be the man to own in the interim basis. Javy Guerra and Zach Putnam are also expected to be in the mix.

Ronald Belisario's struggles continued, but he escaped with his eighth save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Orioles.

Manager Robin Ventura gave Belisario a vote of confidence prior to the game, but allowed an inherited run to score on two hits before inducing a game-ending double-play for his eighth save in 12 chances. Belisario carries an ugly 5.35 ERA but it appears the ninth inning is still his for the time being.
Jun 24 - 10:44 PM

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Tuesday that Ronald Belisario will remain the team's closer.

Belisario blew another save Monday in Baltimore when he allowed a three-run walkoff homer to Orioles slugger Chris Davis, but the White Sox don't exactly have a better option at the moment. Zach Putnam and Javy Guerra may be worthwhile speculative fantasy stashes in case Belisario, who has a 5.50 ERA in 36 total innings this season, can't suddenly right the ship.
Jun 24 - 5:17 PM

Ronald Belisario took his fourth blown save and fourth loss after giving up a three-run homer to the Orioles' Chris Davis in the ninth inning Monday.

Matt Lindstrom made his last appearance on May 19, making Belisario the White Sox's closer. Since he took over the role the following day, he's given up 11 earned runs and 18 hits in 11 2/3 innings, taking his overall ERA up to 5.20. Manager Robin Ventura has been steadfast in his corner -- mostly because Ventura made that choice in the first place -- but after this one, it's going to be hard for Belisario to keep his job. Even when he's converted his chances, he's been shaky; he's allowed runs in four of his seven saves. Zach Putnam is probably next in line for the White Sox, though he's not a very good bet either. Javy Guerra has the most closing experience of the righties in the pen and could be a sleeper.
Jun 23 - 10:41 PM

Ronald Belisario earned his seventh save of the season Wednesday as the White Sox beat the Giants.

Belisario was called on in the eighth inning and had to record to the final five outs of the game. He gave up a run in the top of the ninth but was able to protect Chicago's lead. The 31-year-old righty owns an ugly 4.79 ERA on the season but is a must-have in all standard fantasy leagues while he's plugged in as the White Sox closer.
Jun 18 - 5:41 PM

Ronald Belisario picked up a save despite giving up a run in the ninth Monday against the Tigers.

Fortunately, Belisario didn't have to face the meat of the order, and he was able to strand the tying run at second after giving up consecutive doubles to lead off the inning. Belisario just hasn't been effective at all since taking over as closer, but Robin Ventura has no interest in making a switch. Expect more of the same.
Jun 10 - 1:29 AM

Ronald Belisario earned his fifth save of the season by tossing a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers.

Belisario earned a save Tuesday by tossing a 1-2-3 ninth courtesy of a trio of ground outs and only seven pitches. He got two ground outs and struck out a batter this evening, requiring 12 pitches in all. Belisario desperately needed this pair of impressive showings against his former employer. Entering play on Tuesday, he'd blown two saves in six opportunities and posted a 9.00 ERA as closer. Overall, Belisario owns an ugly 4.88 ERA, but a respectable 1.18 WHIP, over 32 innings.
Jun 5 - 1:22 AM

Ronald Belisario blew another save on Wednesday, but he was bailed out by Moises Sierra and got the win when the White Sox scored in the bottom of the ninth.

Belisario has pitched effectively in just one of five appearances since assuming the closer's role, that coming last night when he pitched in front of fifty or so fans after a long rain delay. The White Sox will be better off once they move him back to eighth-inning duties, but since they ended up winning tonight, it probably won't happen right away.
May 28 - 11:17 PM

White Sox manager Robin Ventura indicated after Saturday's game that Ronald Belisario will remain the team's closer for now.

Belisario allowed three runs to blow the save Saturday. He's allowed at least one run in all three save chances since taking over for Matt Lindstrom (ankle), though he survived to convert his first two opportunities. ‘‘I think we’re at a point where we’ve got other guys that have the ability to do it,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘It’s not the time to do that right now. [Belisario] was throwing strikes. It’s not like he was walking guys.’’ While it appears Belisario is still the guy for now, his leash is certainly very short. Daniel Webb and possibly Jake Petricka could eventually get a look in the ninth inning.
May 25 - 9:37 AM

Ronald Belisario blew a save Saturday against the Yankees.

Belisario entered the top of the ninth inning with a 3-0 lead, but he coughed it up by allowing a ground rule double to Alfonso Soriano and RBI singles to Yangervis Solarte and Brian McCann. Since taking over the closer role, Belisario has allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks over three innings. It might not be long before someone else gets a chance. Daniel Webb and Jake Petricka are among the possibilities.
May 24 - 5:16 PM

Ronald Belisario nearly blew a three-run lead but escaped with his second save of the season in Thursday's win over the Yankees.

Belisario was shaky in his second save opportunity, allowing two base runners on a walk on a single and both came around to score on Mark Teixeira's two-out, two-run single. Belisario was able to strike out Alfonso Soriano to escape with his second save. The tightrope walk will certainly stick in manager Robin Ventura's memory as he decides who to use in the ninth inning going forward.
May 22 - 11:12 PM

Ronald Belisario earned his first save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Royals.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura had been noncommittal in naming an interim closer after the injury to Matt Lindstrom, and at least for one day the job belonged to Belisario. It wasn't a great showing for the 31-year-old, as he allowed a run on two hits before escaping with the save. Still, the run was his first allowed in his last 17 1/3 innings of work, and if Ventura has shown anything it's that he cares only about the end result. There's no guarantee Belisario gets the next save chance, but he's as good a bet as any in the White Sox bullpen at this point.
May 21 - 1:01 AM

White Sox manager Robin Ventura on Tuesday refused to name a set closer while Matt Lindstrom (ankle) was on the disabled list.

Ventura mentioned that he has a few options among guys that have pitched well lately. Ronald Belisario would certainly qualify, as he hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 17 1/3 innings and boasts 13/1 K/BB ratio over that time. Daniel Webb and Jacob Petricka, who earned the save Monday after Lindstrom exited, could also be in the mix.
May 20 - 6:21 PM

Ronald Belisario yielded two earned runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief Saturday against the Indians.

Belisario sat out a couple days with lower back tightness. He has a 15.19 ERA in six outings this season.
Apr 14 - 2:38 PM

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