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With Camp Coming, Alvarez's Arrival Uncertain

For almost three weeks now, the Washington Nationals have known their prized Dominican prospect is Carlos Alvarez, 23, not Esmailyn Gonzalez, 19. But they still don't know when he'll be arriving in Florida.

Though Nationals are set to begin minor league camp tomorrow -- position players must report by March 13 -- the team is still uncertain about Alvarez's availability, and acting general manager Mike Rizzo said that the Alvarez is not expected to immediately be in camp. According to Rizzo, Alvarez is having visa issues.

Pitchers and catchers report to minor league spring training tomorrow, and have their first workout on Wednesday.

The first full-team workout for the minor leaguers is one week from now.

By Chico Harlan  |  March 8, 2009; 5:03 PM ET
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Any news regarding "Frowney" is much ado about nothing until he actually shows up in camp & proves something.

Posted by: BinM | March 8, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I don't know. I think this is an important issue for the team. We've already spent the money, it might be nice if Frowney could actually repay some of that investment. It's no surprise he's having visa issues (duh!) since he lied about his age and name. I'm still hoping to see him in the minor league camp and I'd like to see the team put him on an "age appropriate" minor league team. Will he ever play in the majors? I have my serious doubts but it sure would be nice if we could start to get an answer to that question.

Posted by: grforbes | March 8, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Let him go. His contract is invalid and he is too damn old. Get rid of him. He is just a reminder of the bad old Bowden days!!!!

Posted by: natsguy | March 8, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm continually amazed by the number of major league baseball players who have "Visa issues" when it comes time to return to the USA after spending the offseason elsewhere. Can anyone shed light on to this?

Its not like the report date is a surprise for any of these guys. They know probably the day after the 2008 season ends when they have to be back in Florida. If getting a visa is so freaking difficult, why don't they start the process the day last season ends? Is this just incompetence on latin american's behalf, some sort of Immigration issue w/ US authorities, or something else?

Posted by: tboss | March 9, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

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