Valdez delayed by visa problems

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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David..(Athens, AL)

February 20th, 2010
7:03 pm

thanks for update


February 20th, 2010
7:34 pm

Please give us some real news. This is weak.

David O'Brien

February 20th, 2010
7:38 pm

But not quite as weak as that comment, Lanier.

Nelson S.

February 20th, 2010
7:51 pm



February 20th, 2010
7:56 pm

It’s 8:00 on a saturday night and I’m watching Olympic Curling and reading David O’Brien. What does that say about me?
PS the USA team just won.

Alaska Braves Fan

February 20th, 2010
7:57 pm

How likely does this seem?

1 CF Nate McLouth
2 2B Martin Prado
3 3B Chipper Jones
4 1B Troy Glaus
5 C Brian McCann
6 SS Yunel Escobar
7 RF Jason Heyward
8 LF Matt Diaz/Melky Cabrero

I see Jordan Schaefer in there before June, too, if he doesn’t make it out of camp.

By the way, starting pitching and bullpen both look very good!



February 20th, 2010
8:13 pm

rpmob- I know the feeling. I gave up on the curling and am watching NCIS reruns.

While reading DOB, of course.

el pelon

February 20th, 2010
10:23 pm

Tired tonight. Gave up on NCIS and Geraldo and got me a haircut & shower.

Going to read in bed now. nighty night! Hope to dream of the BRAVES in the W S.


February 20th, 2010
10:26 pm

Has there ever been a spring training where the visa thing hasn’t been an issue for someone. Even before 9/11.

Question for DOB: Whatever happened to the free agent pitcher who seemed so promising last spring, but got hit with a 50-game substance suspension?

jethro bodine

February 20th, 2010
10:49 pm

Visa problems? Can’t they find some players right here in old ‘merica?


February 21st, 2010
11:23 am

Good one Dave,the article and the snappy comeback.


February 21st, 2010
3:39 pm

Why is it every year someone has Visa problems? Can’t they learn to control their credit card spending? Seriously, can’t you apply for your visa a month ahead of spring training and not worry about it?

Michael Procton

February 22nd, 2010
1:45 am

This kid tore it up in the DWL. Any reason to think those numbers can’t translate?

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Cooter Bob

August 31st, 2010
1:21 pm

Please! No more foreigners in American sports. Stick to your communist sport soccer and let us have our heroes like Chipper Jones, Dale Murphy, Bob Horner, etc.

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