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Jenrry Mejia can’t get visa, remains in Dominican Republic for identity investigation

Feb 13, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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Mets prospect Jenrry Mejia hasn’t reported to spring training yet because he’s stuck in the Dominican Republic and get can’t approved for a work visa due to an investigation into his age and identity.

General manager Sandy Alderson told reporters today that he believes the investigation is random, saying: “I don’t think there was any reason specifically that they decided to do that. I understand that there is a new regime at the consulate and they wanted to do that review.”

Before becoming the Mets’ general manager Alderson was a Special Consultant to the Commissioner for Latin America, which involved working to crack down on identify fraud in the Dominican Republic, among other countries. So presumably when Alderson says he thinks it’s a random investigation he has some pretty solid sources.

Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that Mejia will work out at the Mets’ complex in the Dominican Republic, so assuming he’s eventually cleared for a visa the 23-year-old right-hander shouldn’t be too far behind the other pitchers in camp.

  1. binarymath - Feb 13, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    One of the surest signs of spring is when “he’s in the best shape of his life” season gives way to the start of “(…insert name of Latin player here…) detained with visa issues” season.

    Coming soon: the “why in the heck did he wait this long before having surgery?” season, which gives way to “we didn’t overestimate the market with our salary demands, he’s just looking for the right situation” season.

    You can almost smell the hot dogs cooking now…

  2. arrooo - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Why the rush,the Mets suck now and will suck for the whole season, with or without Mejia

  3. tsi431 - Feb 14, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    While the Mets are terrible. They have above average starting pitchers and 4 of the best pitching prospects. Mejia being one of them, although not technically a prospect any longer.

  4. badintent - Feb 15, 2013 at 2:59 AM

    He looks like Dwight Gooden in that pic. Hope he can pitch like him and avoid the Bolivar marching dust better than Dwight.

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