Belisario, Kuo take steps toward return

Belisario, Kuo take steps toward return

LOS ANGELES -- Relievers Ronald Belisario and Hong-Chih Kuo continue progressing toward a return to the club.

Belisario, on the restricted list after showing up for Spring Training five weeks late, threw 15 pitches in his second game Monday and is scheduled for another Wednesday. Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said if that one goes well, the tentative plan is a two-inning outing Saturday and back-to-back inning appearances next week.

That could bring him back to the active roster by next weekend.

Kuo, disabled with his elbow problems, had an impressive bullpen session in Florida on Sunday and will have another Wednesday or Thursday. If he gets past that, Honeycutt said Kuo might need only one more bullpen session before going out on a Minor League rehab assignment without throwing a simulated game.

Conceivably, Kuo could be looking at a return right around the end of the month, also.