Feb 17, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals players run in the outfield during spring training at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Aledmys Diaz needs visa to play with Cardinals

Cuban infielder Aledmys Diaz may have signed a major league deal with the St. Louis Cardinals, but he can’t play in any of the Grapefruit League games just yet.

Much like Suk-Min Yoon of the Baltimore Orioles, Diaz’ participation in Spring Training is limited until he obtains a work visa, writes Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Until that is acquired, Diaz is allowed to work out with the team and play in minor-league teams, but will need to go to Mexico to finish the visa processing. What will he be doing until then?

“…we’ll get him started today with some work until he’s ready for games on the back field. I’ll keep my eye on him there as well.” …Matheny said Diaz would practice mostly at his natural position, shortstop, before he would be moved around to other infield spots.

The Cardinals inked Diaz to a four-year deal, despite having signed Jhonny Peralta to be the everyday shortstop and having Kolton Wong and Mark Ellis as second base options.

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