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White Sox’ 1983 uniforms back for an encore

Updated: February 26, 2014 10:56PM



GLENDALE, Ariz. — The White Sox will use their 1983 throwback uniforms, which they wore for Sunday home games last season, as alternates during the 2014 season. The only difference in the ensemble is a cap featuring the ‘‘batter man’’ logo.

There are no specific days or dates for the Sox to wear the ’83s, which were popular with players and manager Robin Ventura, who wore the cap and pullover during his meeting with reporters at camp Wednesday.

The Sox wore 1972 throwbacks on Sundays in 2012 to observe the 40th anniversary of the team with slugger Dick Allen and manager Chuck Tanner that challenged the Oakland Athletics in the American League West. The ’83s were worn on Sundays 30 years after the Sox won the American League West title.

12 days late and counting

The wait continues for right-hander Ronald Belisario, a reliever who signed a $3 million contract as a free agent during the offseason. Belisario has visa problems, something that became an issue for him almost annually while he was with the Dodgers.

‘‘It’s certainly not something that is in our control, but it is something we hope is coming to a resolution in the coming days,’’ general manager Rick Hahn said. ‘‘I don’t have a specific time frame, but I do know there’s been some progress, and we’re hopeful in the coming week we’ll have resolution.’’

Hahn said Belisario has been throwing in his native Venezuela and remains confident he can be ready by Opening Day.

‘‘It’s not entirely unexpected with immigration, especially with a player that had issues with immigration in the past,’’ Hahn said. ‘‘We’ve got to keep in mind that we’re dealing with a relief pitcher who needs to get stretched out to one inning, maybe two, by the end of camp. There’s more than enough time for that.’’

Sox claim pitcher Cleto

The Sox claimed right-hander Maikel Cleto off waivers from the Royals.

The 6-3, 250-pound Cleto, who showed his scrappy side with his involvement in a bench-clearing brawl last season, posted a 5.52 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 911/3 innings last season between Class AAA Memphis (Cardinals) and Class AAA Omaha (Royals).

Hahn is counting on pitching coach Don Cooper to address some delivery issues with Cleto.

‘‘He’s a big arm, 24-year-old kid, can touch triple digits [in velocity], can flash a plus slider,’’ Hahn said. ‘‘But it’s a bit of a project.’’

To make room for Cleto on the 40-man roster, infielder Jake Elmore was designated for assignment.

Jones much better

Reliever Nate Jones threw
his third bullpen session and said the glute strain that sidelined him early in camp is no longer
an issue.

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