Closer Rafael Soriano has obtained his visa and is expected to report to Viera on Saturday, according to a person close to the situation. Soriano, a Dominican native, had been delayed by paperwork as the U.S. consulate transferred information from the visa he secured when he played for the Yankees to the new visa he has with the Nationals.
Assuming he arrives as scheduled, Soriano will have missed only the first two days of pitchers and catchers workouts. Manager Davey Johnson said he is not worried about the delay, and pitching coach Steve McCatty planned to allow the veteran leeway to prepare for the season according to his routine.
“I’m going to see how he likes to be used earlier on and then later, and try to accommodate him,” McCatty said earlier this week. “I mean, he’s certainly earned that right. I think he should by now know what he needs to do to be ready for the season.”