Volquez visa approved

Edinson Volquez got some good news. His work visa application has been approved. Volquez will have to leave camp on Sunday and return to the Dominican Republic. He has an appointment at the U.S. consulate there on Monday morning. He will be back in camp on Tuesday. His first spring start could come as soon as Wednesday but the schedule isn’t out yet.

Volquez will miss his second spring start Friday vs. the Mariners. Chad Reineke is making the start in his place. Volquez is still slated to be the Opening Day starter on March 31.

“I’m going to be ready,” Volquez said. “I’ve been facing hitters down there. I think it will be OK. When I get back, I will be ready to pitch in a real game.”

Volquez threw 50 pitches of live BP yesterday and is going to throw in the bullpen on Saturday.

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