The club has said they’re not terribly worried about the fact that Aceves will miss time, as he pitched some in the Dominican Winter League and the downtime could benefit the 31-year old. The righty signed a minor league deal with the Orioles and figures to compete for a bullpen spot. He has not been listed as a competitor for the vacant closer role, although he does have 29 career saves. He has also started 15 games, although with the recent addition of Ubaldo Jimenez, a job in the rotation seems unlikely. Aceves’ contract includes an opt-out at the end of March.
Aceves is not the only Orioles’ pitcher in need of a visa; Korean acquisition Suk-Min Yoon needs one before he can pitch in a Major League Spring Training game, but he can participate in B games and in minor-league camp. Roch Kubatko informed me that Yoon does NOT have to leave the country to obtain his visa; the club can get it for him.