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Webb returns, Belisario on way for White Sox
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The White Sox bullpen should get a little deeper soon. Right-hander Daniel Webb returned to camp after a one-week absence due to a death in his family, and right-hander Ronald Belisario, who has been in Venezuela because of visa problems, is making his way to camp.
Webb was considered to be in the mix as a potential closer despite having only 11 1/3 innings of major league experience after his September callup.
Webb will pitch on Sunday against the Oakland A’s, pitching coach Don Cooper said. He threw a bullpen Thursday morning. He threw two sidelines while he was away.
“Daniel looked good,” Cooper said. “Sounded like a bowling ball hitting the glove. He threw well.
“He has good stuff and he carried himself well [in September]. I believe we have another good reliever, not unlike Addison [Reed], [Nate] Jones, [Hector] Santiago and the young guys we’ve brought along through the system. I think Daniel is looking like one of the next guys.”
Belisario, who signed a $3 million contract as a free agent during the offseason, has more experience as a setup man. He has four major-league saves.
The 30-year-old Belisario, a power arm, was 5-7 with a 3.97 ERA over 77 games with the Dodgers last season. He was second in the National League in appearances and fourth in ground-ball percentage.
Belisario has “a proven record of recording key outs at big moments of games,” general manager Rick Hahn said.
In 2012, Belisario was 8-1 with a 2.54 ERA over 71 innings.
Webb, 24, climbed through three levels of the minor leagues last year, posting a 1.87 ERA with 10 saves.
Jones is scheduled to pitch Saturday. Matt Lindstrom remains sideline with a left oblique strain.
“The rumor is Belisario is headed here soon and he was also throwing,” Cooper said. “When he gets here, great we can see where he’s at and get him on track.”