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Soriano misses start of Nats' camp
The highest-paid relief pitcher in baseball was a no-show on the first day of Washington Nationals camp.
Rafael Soriano has yet to report to the Nationals’ spring complex because of a visa issue, according to his agent, Scott Boras. Soriano is expected to close for Washington this year after saving 42 games with a 2.26 ERA for the New York Yankees in 2012 while filling in for injured all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera.
Boras said he expects Soriano, who is from the Dominican Republic, will report to camp “soon.” A team spokesman said the team has the same expectation.
“I’m not really worried about him,” Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. “Here’s a veteran pitcher. He knows what he needs to do to get ready. I’ve been used to dealing with that kind of stuff, from visa problems. They’ve got great weather down there. I’m sure he’s not just watching TV. I’m sure he’ll come to camp in good shape. That’s the least of my worries.”
Soriano signed a two-year, $28 million contract with the Nationals roughly one month ago. The deal gave him the largest annual salary of any reliever in the sport this year.
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