Good morning. We're expecting Joe Beimel to arrive at HSCS sometime this morning, but he's not here yet. The guy had to fly in from California.
One guy who probably won't be arriving any time soon: Jorge Sosa. Signed by the Nats in December to a minor-league contract, Sosa still has not reported to camp, unable to obtain a visa. Manager Manny Acta said this morning that the right-hander was denied a visa by the U.S. consulate. And though Sosa, who remains in the Dominican Republic, is appealing the decision, his chances of making the club now border on nonexistent.
"Right now," Acta said, "we're not even thinking about him making this club."
Sosa was denied a visa in connection with a positive test last summer for performance enhancing drugs. He is in the middle of a 50-game suspension for amphetamines.
Sosa had originally been listed on the team's spring training roster as No. 55. When Washington signed Julian Tavarez, who was given No. 55, Sosa's number changed to "XX."
A few other morning notes...
* Saul Rivera is back from the WBC, where he represented Puerto Rico
* The Nats clubhouse was abuzz this morning, probably looking like your office. Everybody was passing around brackets and bills, talking about their upsets and Final Four picks. There's only one smallish TV in the clubhouse, though. In other words: Expect big crowds around Luke Montz's locker later this afternoon.
* Injury updates, reaffirming what the team thought last night: Lastings Milledge (knee) is day-to-day. Ronnie Belliard (ankle) will miss at least three days of action.
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