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Rafael Soriano has not reported to Nats camp and no one will say why

Feb 14, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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The Nationals pitchers and catchers were already to have reported. But closer Rafael Soriano has not shown up yet. And as Adam Kilgore reports, no one is sure where he is and no one with the team is commenting:

Team officials have given no explanation of Soriano’s absence. The team has not even acknowledged whether or not Soriano ever reported. General Manager Mike Rizzo did not return an e-mail inquiry Wednesday about Soriano’s whereabouts.

Occam’s Razor: Soriano is Batman and he’s out fighting crime.

UPDATE: Jon Morosi says that Soriano has a visa issue. Which is exactly what I would say if I was Batman and didn’t want anyone to know.

  1. kevinleaptrot - Feb 14, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Alright Nats. Way to lay low and not draw attention to yourselves. Two days into Spring Training and the World Series contenders are piling up distractions right and left. Hope this isn’t a harbinger of things to come. I was really looking forward to this year for the Nats. It would be a shame to shoot themselves in the foot before the season began. Oh wait, that’s the Red Sox.

    • tjh19 - Feb 14, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      Distractions? All I saw was Gio addressed the BioGensesis clinic (and why wouldn’t he?) and this. This is the first “distraction”.

      • dcfan4life - Feb 14, 2013 at 12:41 PM

        Not even sure this qualifies as a distraction really…

  2. natslady - Feb 14, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Jon Morosi ‏@jonmorosi
    Scott Boras says Rafael Soriano should be in Nats’ camp “soon” after visa issue is worked out.

    LOL. Second sign of spring. “Visa issues.”

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Feb 14, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      Thats why I carry MasterCard.

      I tried for a Karl Malden/AM EX joke….got too wordy. But that clearly was a better angle

  3. historiophiliac - Feb 14, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Reminder: “It doesn’t matter what time dinner is, when you’re the steak.” — Scott Boras

  4. Old Gator - Feb 14, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Occam’s razor gives you a clean, close, comfortable shave half the time.

  5. sdelmonte - Feb 14, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Occam’s razor only says that he’s a superhero with a secret identity. Not that he’s Batman. And if we’re going by his previous job, he couldn’t be Batman. That would be Mariano. Unless Soriano is one of those Batmen of many nations.

    (Totally unrelated: just read that Posanski is joining NBC Sports/Yahoo Sports. I wonder if that will impact HBT in any way.)

    • paperlions - Feb 14, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      So….maybe he’s El Chapulin Colorado?

  6. unclemosesgreen - Feb 14, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Visa issues – yeah right, he must have a MasterCard or American Express by now. Worst excuse ever. He could build himself a flying carpet of dollar bills if it came to that.

  7. buffalochris - Feb 14, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Welcome to his lasting legacy in New York, a No-Show when expected!

  8. number42is1 - Feb 14, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    “Which is exactly what I would say if I was Batman and didn’t want anyone to know.”

    Craig if YOU were batman you would make sure that everyone knew by saying “HEY! I’M BATMAN MOTHERFUCKERS!”

  9. mrdry14 - Feb 14, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    He just not feeling well, so he’s spending some time at a clinic………in Coral Gables.

  10. beelza - Feb 14, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Boras probably guaranteed he’d play in Detroit, which never happened. Sori’s pissed. He went from Fielder, Verlander and Triple Crown to, well…Not only that Detroit has a ton of Latin players which makes Tigers even more desirable for said ethnicity.

    Ok, let me hear the WS sweep jokes, comments, clowns, cause I know they comin’.

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