Texas prospects Beltre, Ogando obtain visas
After five-year ban from U.S., prospects allowed back
ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitchers Omar Beltre and Alexi Ogando have their visas and are expected in Spring Training next week."They have approved visas in hand and are scheduled to travel on Feb. 16," Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said Friday. "They have passed every hurdle except getting on a plane and getting through U.S. customs, which we have been advised is not an issue." Beltre and Ogando are two top pitching prospects who were not able to get visas for the past five Spring Trainings because of their admitted involvement in a visa fraud scandal in the Dominican Republic. Both have been unable to enter the United States in the past five years, putting their once-promising careers in doubt. They have spent the past five seasons limited to pitching in winter ball, the Dominican Summer League and in international tournaments. But the situation has finally been resolved and both are expected to report to Spring Training next Thursday and be there for the first workout on Friday. In all, the Rangers are expecting 56 players in camp.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.