Belisario resumes playing catch

Reliever is recovering from a fractured shoulder

Belisario resumes playing catch

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Ronald Belisario has resumed played catch, the veteran right-hander's first baseball activity since being diagnosed with a fractured left shoulder.

"[Belisario] said he felt good," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "...He felt good. He was down in the dugout today."

According to Belisario, the injury occurred approximately a month ago, days after he finished pitching winter ball. It happened when he was swimming with his daughter in the pool at his house in Venezuela.

"No more swminning," he said.

Belisario signed with the Rays following the accident. When asked to explain why he did not notify the Rays of his problem, Belisario said. "No, they sent me a contract back home. I thought [the injury] it was like, nothing. Didn't know it was a fracture."

Normally free agents and traded players must take physicals prior to any deals becoming official. Matt Silverman, Rays executive president of baseball operations, said players signing Minor League contracts aren't generally asked to have physicals prior to signing.

If Belisario makes the team, he will earn a $1.5 million salary.

Belisario, 32, looked like a good candidate to earn a spot in the bullpen this spring. He speculated that he would be pitching in games by April 15. He went 4-8 with a 5.56 ERA for the White Sox in 2014.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.