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Rafael Soriano returns to Dominican Republic, but will be available for Game 1

Oct 5, 2010, 9:01 PM EDT

Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that Rays’ closer Rafael Soriano had an excused absence from the team’s workout today in order to return to his native Dominican Republic to attend to a “personal matter.”

According to Topkin, Soriano is scheduled to return from the Dominican tonight via a private plane, so it will have no impact on his availability for Game 1 against the Rangers tomorrow afternoon.

It’s too bad. I was actually hoping for a dramatic entrance right before the start of tomorrow’s game, similar to Steve Nebraska in “The Scout.” By the way, it’s confirmed. I miss real baseball games.

  1. RichardInBigD - Oct 5, 2010 at 9:56 PM

    I suspect that the “personal matter” being attended to may involve a trip to the Haitian side of the island to pick up a set of voodoo dolls in the likenesses of the Rangers. Any edge you can get, I guess…

  2. Arnold Pierre - Oct 6, 2010 at 5:04 AM

    Check your knowledge of the world history; he could have gone to Jamaica or to New Orleans among other cities or country.

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