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Ventura added that Rienzo had perhaps his best outing since he first came up with the White Sox last season.


The White Sox’s bullpen picture gained some focus, beginning with the long-delayed arrival of Belisario.

“I’m ready to go,” the right-hander said. “I’m happy to be here. Finally made it.”

Belisario, 30, said he had been throwing off a mound in Venezuela to get ready for the season. But he was unable to leave the country, where protests against the government have led to a series of deadly clashes with security forces.

“It’s pretty bad right now,” Belisario said. “By the time that I got my (visa) appointment, there was a problem there. The embassy was closed for like a week, so, I have to wait.”

Belisario threw a bullpen session before Saturday’s game, and Chicago pitching coach Don Cooper liked what he saw.

“He definitely was throwing down there (in Venezuela),” Cooper said, adding that his pitches have “life, movement and sink. I’m excited; it’s just good all around that he’s here.”

Jones, part of the mix in the Chicago closer competition, made his spring debut for Chicago, pitching the fourth inning. Shelley Duncan led off with a double and Marte walked, but the hard-throwing righty got a strikeout and a double-play grounder.

Downs also made his first appearance in a spring game for the White Sox. The free-agent addition gave up the homer to Pollock in the fifth inning.