Showing posts with label Visa Problems. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Visa Problems. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Mets SS Ruben Tejada expected in camp Friday or Saturday

Even though Ruben Tejada is not in camp, his status on the team is not in doubt. Once he arrives, he will be the club’s starting shortstop. But since he isn’t here, and since Collins is open about his own “selfishness” in wanting his players to be here, Tejada’s absence is notable.

“I take great pride in the game itself, and respecting the game itself,” Collins said. “And I wish everybody had the same respect for it, that they wanted to get started as early as possible.”

Tejada, 22, has yet to obtain his visa to travel to the United States. He will visit the embassy in Panama on Thursday, both the Mets and Tejada’s camp confirmed. He is expected to arrive either on Friday or Saturday. The Mets insist they applied for the visa months ago. Tejada was scheduled to go pick up the forms last week, he found the office closed for a holiday. Thus, the delay.

“I know Ruben will come in great shape,” Collins said. “I know he’ll be ready to go. I just wish he was here.”

Friday, March 11, 2011

Mets expect Paulino in camp Saturday

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Ronny Paulino finally made it to the United States today after an extended delay due to visa issues in his native Dominican Republic.

Paulino, who signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Mets over the winter, is expected to report to camp tomorrow.

The 29-year-old backstop encountered difficulties obtaining his work visa as a result of his 50-game suspension for PEDs last August. He’ll have to serve the remaining eight games on the suspension once the regular season begins, but Mets manager Terry Collins plans to keep him busy until then.
“We’re going to push the envelope a little bit here in the next couple of weeks to try to do as much as we can to get him as ready as possible, and then use that extra week to get him playing time,” Collins said. “The hardest part is the minor-league season doesn’t start until the [April] 7. He can still go get a couple of games in before he does report [to the majors]. We’ll make use of the minor league side as best we can.”
Paulino batted .259/.311/.354 with four homers and 37 RBI over 344 plate appearances before his suspension last season. He is expected to serve as the backup catcher to Josh Thole this season.
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