Visa issues affect Dennys Reyes and Alexi Casilla

Posted on February 18th, 2008 – 1:59 PM
By La Velle

Twins GM Bill Smith expressed disappointment on Monday about reliever Dennys Reyes’ late arrival to camp.

Reyes only recently discovered that his passport is due to expire in a few weeks, so his arrival from Mexico has been delayed until he gets an updated one.

“The best way to characterize it,” Smith said, “is careless.”

Reyes is expected to be in camp by Wednesday.

Reyes, if you’re wondering, can’t be fined because the MLB mandatory reporting date is Mar. 1.

Alexi Casilla missed his appointment last week to pick up his visa due to what Smith said was, “a legitimate family medical emergency.” Casilla is trying to have his appointment rescheduled as soon as possible, with help from the MLB office. There’s a chance he’ll miss the first full-squad workout on Saturday.

As for Francisco Liriano – who had to undergo a tougher visa process because of his drunken driving arrest in 2006 – he’s scheduled to meet with a panel physician on Tuesday. The Twins are crossing their fingers that he can be in camp as early as Thursday, depending on when he gets his visa and when he can get a flight out of the Dominican Republic. Friday is more realistic.


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