Ronald Belisario RP CWS 3 Months

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 RP CWS 3 Months

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.

Ronald Belisario RP CWS 3 Months

White Sox manager Robin Ventrua 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.

Ronald Belisario RP CWS 3 Months

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.

Ronald Belisario RP CWS 3 Months

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.

Ronald Belisario RP CWS 3 Months

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

Ronald Belisario RP CWS 4 Months

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.

Ronald Belisario RP CWS 4 Months

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.

Ronald Belisario RP CWS 4 Months

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.

Ronald Belisario RP CWS 4 Months

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.