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Posted at 2:09 PM ET, 02/18/2011

Henry Rodriguez, Elvin Ramirez still delayed

By Adam Kilgore

Position players continue to pour into Viera early for spring training, but relievers Henry Rodriguez and Elvin Ramirez remain stuck abroad because of visa delays, General Manager Mike Rizzo said, and it's unclear when, exactly, they might arrive. Catcher Carlos Maldonado arrived in town today, Rizzo said.

The Nationals acquired Rodriguez in the trade that sent Josh Willingham to the A's, and they chose Ramirez in the Rule 5 draft. Rodriguez has a chance to contend for the closer role, while Ramirez is a dark horse to make the bullpen.

Meanwhile, several more players arrived in advance of Sunday's report date. Laynce Nix, Rick Ankiel and Adam LaRoche are all here now. To keep update, here's who's already arrived, non-catcher-and-pitcher division:

Rick Ankiel
Roger Bernadina
Brian Bixler
Corey Brown
Ian Desmond
Danny Espinosa
Adam LaRoche
Nyjer Morgan
Michael Morse
Laynce Nix
Ryan Zimmerman

Jayson Werth had been in Viera since Monday, but he left yesterday and will return Monday when Nationals players undergo physicals.

By Adam Kilgore  | February 18, 2011; 2:09 PM ET
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I'd say Ramirez' "dark horse" chances are even darker with the visa snafu. Not the best of starts to one's MLB audition.

Posted by: Hendo1 | February 18, 2011 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Hard to understand all these visa issues. They have to report the same time every year, seems they have plenty of time in the off season to have this stuff ironed out. Go figure?

Posted by: cokedispatch | February 18, 2011 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Can't they just use a Debit Card?

Posted by: tommy11599 | February 19, 2011 12:41 AM | Report abuse

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