Rafael Soriano was a notable absence when pitchers and catchers reported for the Washington Nationals earlier this week.
The closer who signed a two-year, $28-million deal with the team during the off-season was nowhere to be found during the team meeting prior to the first official workout Thursday morning either.
The Nationals have yet to address the situation and they might not have to. Fox Sports reporter Jon Morosi tweeted Thursday morning that Soriano's agent, Scott Boras, says the pitcher should be in camp "soon" once a visa issue is sorted out.
The Washington Post is quoting an unnamed source close to Soriano in saying that the pitcher hopes to report by the end of the week. According to the Post, Soriano received a five-year visa when he signed with the Yankees prior to the 2011 season, but the transfer of that paperwork to his new team is holding up the process.