6:54 pm February 20, 2010, by David O'Brien
Rookie relief pitcher Luis Valdez is having visa problems in the Dominican Republic and isn’t expected to report to spring training for at least two or three more days.
He had 27 saves and a 3.28 ERA in 58 appearances for Class AAA Gwinnett in 2009, with 75 strikeouts in 71-1/3 innings.
Valdez pitched in three games (0-1, 3.38 ERA) in his first major-league callup and is considered a longshot among the five or more relievers expected to compete for one or possibly two spots in the opening-day bullpen.
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