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Rafael Soriano has arrived at Nationals camp

Feb 16, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

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Rafael Soriano was late reporting to the Nationals’ spring training complex this week because of an issue with his work visa. But that’s all settled now.

According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, the Dominican right-hander arrived in Viera, Florida on Saturday morning. He was greeted in the clubhouse by Nats general manager Mike Rizzo and new teammate Gio Gonzalez, and then held court with reporters.

“I’m so happy to be here,” Soriano said. “I come here and [we will] see what happens the next two weeks. I want to be comfortable with everybody here and win this year. … I want to win. That’s all I’m here for.”

Soriano signed a two-year, $28 million free agent contract with Washington this offseason after registering a fantastic 2.26 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 69/24 K/BB ratio across 67 2/3 innings last summer for the Yankees. The 33-year-old is expected to function as the Nationals’ primary ninth-inning man in 2013.

  1. Old Gator - Feb 16, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Did they check up his backside to see if he was smuggling any rare iguanas? We don’t need another feral population of those, that’s for damned sure. Lettuce in his urine would be a dead giveaway.

  2. JustMeMike - Feb 16, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Actually the delay was caused by the discrepancies of the ‘Employer’ in his Visa application. Apparently the records showed New York Yankees and the new documentation read the Washington Nationals. This is what caused the delay. The horror, the horror …

  3. buffalomafia - Feb 16, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    On paper in NL the Nats, Braves, Pirates & Giants!

    On paper in AL Jays, Tigers, Angles & Rangers

    • Old Gator - Feb 16, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      Pirates?????

      That’s…um…intriguing. Based on what?

    • voteforno6 - Feb 16, 2013 at 8:00 PM

      Not the Reds? Also, the Cardinals have a good team.

    • bigharold - Feb 17, 2013 at 4:30 AM

      “On paper in AL Jays, Tigers, Angles & Rangers”

      Is that paper Zig Zag?

      • bigharold - Feb 17, 2013 at 4:30 AM

        I mean really, .. the Jays?

  4. btwicey - Feb 16, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Homerism

  5. baseballer28 - Feb 16, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    I bet Gio was there to see what PED’s he needed.

  6. historiophiliac - Feb 16, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    I love the pic! It says: Hallelujah! lol

  7. luz56 - Feb 16, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    NL…. Reds, Nats, Giants, Dodgers

    AL….Jays, Rangers, Tigers, Angels

    I likes Nats vs Jays in WS

    • historiophiliac - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:28 AM

      Tigers

    • umrguy42 - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:46 AM

      Just to play along… who’s your 2nd WC pick? There’s 5 teams in each league now… Same for buffalomafia above.

    • bigharold - Feb 17, 2013 at 4:33 AM

      “I likes Nats vs Jays in WS”

      I like the Brooklyn Dodgers and Washington Senators. I bet I get my match up before you get yours.

  8. luz56 - Feb 17, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Big Harold…. Well keep sitting in front of your idiot box/tv and keep cheering!

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