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Soriano’s visa approved

Feb 15, 2013, 7:37 PM EDT

VIERA, Fla. — Rafael Soriano is en route to Nationals spring training after his work visa was approved this morning in the Dominican Republic.

The Nationals' newly signed closer had been unable to report with his fellow pitchers and catchers on Tuesday because he was still waiting on paperwork in his native country. He missed Thursday's first official workout and again wasn't present for today's session on the practice fields adjacent to Space Coast Stadium but could be in uniform as soon as Saturday morning.

"The word I got was they stamped his visa this morning," manager Davey Johnson said. "I don't know what the travel plans are, but I imagine he'll be here sometime tomorrow. I'm not worried about that. I'm glad he got his visa."

Soriano, 33, signed a two-year, $28 million contract — $14 million of that is deferred — on January 17, a surprising move considering the Nationals already had two other right-handers with closingRead more »

  1. Les_in_NC - Feb 15, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    B25GN!!I am glad this had been resolved so quickly, now the team can start gelling into the championship team that they are!!

  2. JD - Feb 15, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Yawn ………..

  3. SonnyG10 - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Good, we'll have a full stable now, yah.

  4. Tcostant - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Best line on the boards this week was when somene mention that he was having trouble getting a Visa, he should just get a Mastercard instead. Classic!Go Nats!

  5. NatsLady - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Gio's name NOT on the latest list (whew!) so far. A-Rod, Braun, Melky, and Cervelli on a handwritten list with "MLB" and dollar amounts.additional documenthttp://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/8945988/milwaukee-brewers-ryan-braun-shows-additional-document-clinic-linked-major-league-baseball-ped-investigation

  6. sjm308 - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    Help once again insiders. When I look at Mark's little twitter updates, if I clicked on one of the blue things inside the tweet, where will that take me? Again, I am on the computer and will never have a phone that tweets or even chirps.

  7. Ghost Of Steve M. - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    NatsLady, just more cloak & dagger unnamed sources. Notice how the biggest names are on that paper with Cervelli the NY Yankee.No credibility.

  8. Tony - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Clicking on the blue hyperlinks in Mark's tweets will take you to whatever web page it is. Clicking on a blue hashtag will take you to a webpage showing the associated tweets. You don't have to have a Twitter account to see them.

  9. Theophilus T. S. - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    sjm308 — No tweets, no chirps? Whaddabout hoots?

  10. MicheleS - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    SJM..if it looks like this: bit.ly/VZvQc2 it will take you to the story. It's a hyper link.If it's looks like this #Nats then it will open up twitter and show you all the tweets that will have that # in it

  11. baseballswami - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    How do you use it if it is not blue?

  12. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Swami, what do you mean by "use it"? If you are seeing it, and it isn't a link, that is all you get.

  13. baseballswami - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    If it is blue you touch it and it links. If it is black it doesn't . I know how to highlight it and paste it into the search block on a computer. How do you do it on an I phone?

  14. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Oh, wait, you mean if it's blue like this, as opposed to not blue, like this: bit.ly/VZvQc2 ?The blue ones are active hyperlinks you can click on and go places. The not-blue ones are just text, but if they are an "address" so to speak, you can copy and paste them like any other link. Or not. Looks like we need a new entry in the How-To pages of el NIDO de NatsFans.

  15. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Swami, perhaps this brief tutorial will be of some assistance. As will teh Google. "how to copy and paste on an iPhone" brought that link up as the first result.

  16. baseballswami - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Thanks!!!!! Oh, and — new post !!!

  17. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    OK, now my posts are getting swallowed by the SPAM-filter monster again. See, that's how I wind up owing so many drinks.

  18. natsfan1a - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    sjm, I don't have a Tweeter either, and my phone is of the not-so-smart variety. What I do is bookmark the "Tweeter home pages" of Mark and other beat writers and navigate to them that way. Here's the one for Mark: https://twitter.com/ZuckermanCSN

  19. natsfan1a - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Right, sec3. It must be the spam monster. Well, at least you didn't say that the dog ate your cell phone. ;-)

  20. natsfan1a - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Of course, my cat does weird stuff to my computer all the time, so nevermind.

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