Aledmys Diaz en route to Mexico for work visa

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by Brian Feldman, Baseball STL

KMOV.com

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 17 at 3:17 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla.—Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz, who signed with the Cardinals last week, is getting ready to clear the final hurdle before he’s officially eligible to compete in Grapefruit League games.

Diaz is on the way back to Mexico, where he’s established residency, to obtain a work visa.  Until then, he’s only in the United States on a passport and ineligible to work for money. 

“I know he’s either headed back or is en route right now,” Mike Matheny said. “How long that process takes (I don’t know).  We’ve had that process before and you just never know.  It’s begun which is good.”

Once he gets back to camp with his work visa in hand is Diaz then immediately eligible to play in Grapefruit League games?

“That’s what I’m led to believe, yes,” Matheny said.

Diaz has played in minor league games since arriving.  He’s been allowed to do that because he wasn’t getting paid to do so.  The Cardinals have said they want to see him in big league spring games so they know what they have in the young shortstop.

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