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Orioles rookie Henry Urrutia isn’t allowed into Canada

Sep 13, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

Henry Urrutia AP

Henry Urrutia didn’t travel with the Orioles for their road trip to Toronto that begins tonight because the Cuban defector can’t get into Canada due to immigration issues.

Instead he’ll head to Florida to work out at the Orioles’ spring training complex and Rich Dubroff of reports that the team may decide to simply shut him down for the season. “I alerted him to the fact that it could go either way so he didn’t take three changes of clothes down there,” manager Buck Showalter told Dubroff.

Urrutia initially got a July call-up after hitting .365 at Triple-A, but struggled and was sent back to the minors. He returned when rosters expanded on September 1, but has started just once since then as Showalter has gone with veterans Danny Valencia and Wilson Betemit in the designated hitter spot.

  1. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 13, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    A left handed hitter who specializes in hitting the short stop – third base gap. He shows a lot of promise, and hopefully next year he will start to hit with a little more power.

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 13, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Puzzling because Cuban defectors routinely cross the border to play in both countries. Do the immigration questions involve Canada or the USA? US rules can be convoluted. It is quite possible that if he left the US he would not be allowed to return.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 13, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      “It is quite possible that if he left the US he would not be allowed to return.”

      Convoluted rules or not…I am not buying this one PC.
      And the those on the left wanna bitch about the State of Arizona’s immigration laws.
      It appears we have an entire Country just North of us that is “pro Arizona immigration laws.”

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 13, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        It appears we have an entire Country just North of us that is “pro Arizona immigration laws.”

        You’re kidding right? There’s a huge difference with knowing someone has immigration issues and refusing to let them enter the country, and another with knowingly stopping every dark skinned individual assuming they are illegal.

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 13, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        Yes Church. Kidding. One is profiling. The other is enforcing immigration laws. Jeesh!

        Shoulda used the sarcasm font.

      • asimonetti88 - Sep 13, 2013 at 3:28 PM

        Not to derail this thread, but the Arizona law being referenced here does not allow law enforcement to “knowingly stop every dark skinned individual [and assume] they are illegal.”

        It gives authority to law enforcement to check the legality of an individual who has already been stopped and/or detained for a violation. Similar to how law enforcement can’t stop you on the road because they assume you don’t have car insurance, but if you’ve been stopped for a primary violation they can check. Please see the text of the bill here:

        That out of the way, I am curious as to what the issue with Urrutia is. I also think he has potential and could be a regular in the Orioles’ lineup next year. They have some nice young talent, I don’t know if they will be able to make the playoffs this year but they would be a fun team to watch if they can pull it out.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 13, 2013 at 5:21 PM

        It is my understanding that the US government makes it difficult for anyone to enter the US unless you have a passport.

  3. missthemexpos - Sep 13, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Maybe next season to help climb out of last place the Blue Jays can work with immigration officials and prevent a couple of stars from each team from entering Canada.

  4. jaysprospectarilo - Sep 13, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Cuban nationals require a Visa in order to enter Canada. Seeing as how he has established residency in another country (which may still require a Visa to enter Canada) means that essentially because he is still in that grey area that he cannot enter Canada until he obtains a permanent residency in the US or obtains a Visa to enter Canada.

    Sucks for Orioles fans but such is the laws of Canada.
    Same would be in play to enter the USA.

    • nbjays - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      The irony here is that Canadians can freely travel to Cuba, Americans can’t.

  5. jaysprospectarilo - Sep 13, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Addendum: Canada’s visa officers and consular officers abroad are unionized and are still in a fight with the Federal Government in regards to pay equity and being without a contract.

    Ironically; so are the Customs and Immigrations Officers of the CBSA at the Ports of Entry. Go figure.

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