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Despite visa issues, Orioles still have high hopes for Cuban defector Henry Urrutia

Despite visa issues, Orioles still have high hopes for Cuban defector Henry Urrutia

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Orioles are confident that their five-month wait for Cuban defector Henry Urrutia, stuck in Haiti unable to play because of visa issues, will end within the next two weeks.

Urrutia, a 25-year-old corner outfielder, has established residency in Haiti and has been awaiting a visa there for since the Orioles signed him to a minor league contract in July. The club paid Urrutia a $778,500 signing bonus.

Fred Ferreira, the Orioles executive director for international recruiting, said that Urrutia recently made huge strides toward obtaining a visa with the help of the United States ambassador to Haiti. Ferreira said he is optimistic Urrutia...

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