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Arrivals, Delays

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.

By Chico Harlan  |  March 19, 2009; 9:36 AM ET
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Brackets are boring. Baseball, OTOH, isn't. In my opinion.

Carrying forward my (edited) rest-of-the-story WBC stats compilation because cutting and pasting is just so much fun!

Welcome back, Saul. Go get 'em on Sunday, Joel and Adam!


BTW, the rest of Dunn's WBC stats (courtesy of the WBC site): 7 G, 19 AB, 9 R, 7 H, 1 D, 0 T, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 17 TB, 8 BB, 7 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS, .571 OBP, .895 SLG, .368 AVG, 1.466 OPS.

Saul Rivera's WBC stats: 0 W, 0 L, 0.00 ERA, 5 G, 0 GS, 0 CG, 0 SHO, 0 SV, 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0.27 WHIP, 2 HLD, 1 GF.

Joel Hanrahan's WBC stats to date: 0 W, 0 L, 2.08 ERA, 5 G, 0 GS, 0 CG, 0 SHO, 0 SV, 4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1.15, WHIP, 1 HLD, 1 GF.

Caveats: I couldn't get the tables to come out right so I had to plug in the codes by hand. Some of the stats aren't particularly useful in the case of relievers (and the WBC), but I just cut and pasted the whole shebang because it's just so much fun do to that!

Now you have the rest of the WBC story (hat tip and R.I.P. to Paul Harvey).

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 19, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

The guy had to fly in from California.
Hope his arms aren't too tired.

(Cuz then those heartless, soulless Nats would cut him, right?)

Posted by: Scooter_ | March 19, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

... roman numerals for unis; that's great. I want to be number 88.

Posted by: natscanreduxit | March 19, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 19, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

How am I going to tell my kid that their favorite player Jorge Sosa isn't going to make the team... this is going to be rough...

Posted by: rumbly45 | March 19, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Hilarious, Scooter - thanks!

The guy had to fly in from California.
Hope his arms aren't too tired.

(Cuz then those heartless, soulless Nats would cut him, right?)

Posted by: Scooter_ | March 19, 2009 9:47 AM

Posted by: lowcountry | March 19, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Natscan, do you remember a kids' song from a few years ago, 'Eighteen Wheels on a Big Rig" where they (among other verses) counted up by Roman numerals - "i, ii, iii,.."

Also, from another poster, I loved the Lastings Milledge lines from a couple of posts ago - Jesus wears a bracelet with WWLMD, etc. Thanks for sharing these. I'm reminded of our lines for Willie Harris last summer.

Posted by: Traveler8 | March 19, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Not thinking to much about baseball these next couple of days because it's Tourny time, baby. GO TERPS!!

Scooter is on a roll today, with the jokes.

Posted by: Section505203 | March 19, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

speaking of numbers why did Willie Harris change #'s

#1 is well #1.

Posted by: mintbucket | March 19, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

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