Feb 22, 2014; Sarasota, FL, USA; Baltimore Orioles pitcher Suk-Min Yoon (18) poses for a picture during photo day at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Yoon still needs visa before playing for Orioles


With one international signing, Masahiro Tanaka, making his debut today for the Yankees, no first start has been scheduled for another.

Suk-Min Yoon still needs to obtain a work visa. He has been working out with the club since making the signing official, but he is unable to participate in Major League Spring Training games until his visa has been processed. He is eligible to play in split-squad B-games, but the Orioles would rather get him out on the field in a Major League situation.

The Baltimore Sun’s Eduardo A. Encina reports that Yoon’s visa still needs to be processed in Canada, and the 27-year old will have to fly north of the border to complete the procedure. He is expected to miss three to four days and manager Buck Showalter is hoping that he can make his first start between March 4th and 7th. The Orioles signed the former Korean Baseball Organization MVP to a three-year, $5.575 contract and could slot either into the rotation or the bullpen.

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