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Orioles still awaiting the arrival of Henry Urrutia

Nov 6, 2012, 10:07 PM EDT

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The Orioles signed Cuban defector Henry Urrutia to a minor league contract with a $778,500 signing bonus back in July and were hoping that he’d arrive in the United States in time to get a feel for Double-A ball.

But the Double-A season has been over for seven weeks and Urrutia has yet to step foot on U.S. soil.

According to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun, the 25-year-old Urrutia has set up residency in the Dominican Republic but “continues to have difficulty obtaining a visa.” It’s not clear what might be holding up the approval and a resolution is not currently in sight.

Urrutia, who projects a corner outfielder or first baseman, batted .397/.461/.597 with 12 home runs in 305 at-bats for Las Tunas in 2010. He was barred from playing in 2011 after a failed defection attempt.

  1. historiophiliac - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    How hard is it to come up with a baseball story tonight?

    • Drew Silva - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:19 PM

      Hard.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:34 PM

        Hmmm, based on TV projections, it looks like the election will come down to Rockies & Marlins/Rays fans and non-baseball states.

      • dondada10 - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:38 PM

        My map has Rays fans already reporting. Only Marlins fans are left to be counted.

  2. mottershead1972 - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Slow baseball night… This just in… Astros still bad…

  3. magnusmagnolius - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    But at least their uniforms are nice now.

  4. mottershead1972 - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Yeah, the new stros unis are sweet!

  5. kkolchak - Nov 7, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Hmmm…visa problems. Altered birth certificate maybe?

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