SARASOTA, Fla. -- There’s still no firm idea of when South Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon will officially be a member of the Orioles, but the club is trying to speed up the process.
Yoon was in Sarasota on Friday, took his physical and left. The club has not yet officially announced a deal with him. As of late Friday night, Yoon has not yet officially passed his physical, but initial reviews were positive, according to a club source.
According to a report out of South Korea by Hoonki Min for Daum Media, the Orioles are trying to expedite Yoon’s visa by applying for it in Canada.
That process would apparently prevent Yoon from having to go back to South Korea to get his work visa. He would remain in the United States, prevent a long flight back and forth to his native country and work out here in Florida, according to the report.
It could also allow the Orioles to shorten the visa process by two weeks. It can take a month sometimes to acquire work visas. He would still have to arrange an interview in Canada, so the process could still be tedious. On Friday, Orioles manager Buck Showalter estimated the process could take anywhere from four days to two weeks.
When the New York Yankees signed Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, the club received help from New York senator Chuck Schumer in expediting the processing of his visa.