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Rafael Soriano got his visa, will report this weekend

Feb 15, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

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Bad news: the mocked-up milk carton of a missing Rafael Sorinao I made is no longer useful. Good news: it’s because he got his visa and is reporting to camp:

Nationals closer Rafael Soriano will not be absent for long. He was able to get his visa in the Dominican Republic on Friday and will report to Nats camp by Saturday, according to manager Davey Johnson. Pitchers and catchers were scheduled to report this past Wednesday.

I was talking to a baseball reporter offline about visa things and the Dominican Republic the other day. I asked him why these guys just don’t file their paperwork earlier. The response was that early’s got nothing to do with it and that getting stuff like that done in the Dominican Republic is like dealing with Information Retrieval in “Brazil.” It’s a wonder that more guys don’t get held up, actually.

  1. historiophiliac - Feb 15, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Steak’s on!

  2. DelawarePhilliesFan - Feb 15, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    “I asked him why these guys just don’t file their paperwork earlier. The response was that early’s got nothing to do with it”

    Thanks – because I was wonderign the same thing myself, i.e. why the visa would not have been processed….like the day last season was over. That explains it

  3. tcostant - Feb 15, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    In reality these things are usually hung up on the U.S. side, as they need to accept it.

  4. yankeepunk3000 - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    I’ve heard that information is lost all the time in the DR and parents end up changing birthdays by acciddent simply because in some places the day your born isn’t the day listed, like in Mexico you have to go list your kids in the courts of what day your born as was done with my parents and my sisters. wierd things indeed

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