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Posted at 7:46 AM ET, 02/19/2011

A small update on Henry Rodriguez and Elvin Ramirez

By Adam Kilgore

I received an explanation for what's going on with the visas for Elvin Ramirez and Henry Rodriguez, the two rocket-armed relievers who have yet to arrive in Viera because of delays.

Ramirez, acquired of the Mets' roster in December's Rule 5 draft, should "hopefully" arrive early next week, a Nationals official said. The Mets previously petitioned to get him a visa, and the transferring of the paperwork has taken longer than expected. The official said Rodriguez, the pitcher acquired from the A's for Josh Willingham, is probably experiencing the same kind of wait.

Both pitchers have begun a throwing program out of the country, but neither has thrown a pitch in a Nationals uniform, and the delay will, at least to some extent, effect how the Nationals are able to evaluate them.

"It's unfortunate," Manager Jim Riggleman said. "It seems to happen every year. They're not going to be behind when they get here. It's just less time we have to watch them."

By Adam Kilgore  | February 19, 2011; 7:46 AM ET
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Whomever is in charge of this type of snafu needs to pay more attention to detail in order to prevent this needless type of delay.

Posted by: cokedispatch | February 19, 2011 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Amazing. People walk into the US from Mexico and Canada everyday unmolested and yet a baseball player with proper citizenship papers and evidence of a job with a major league baseball team can't get an expedited hearing and turnover?

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | February 19, 2011 10:45 AM | Report abuse

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