Liriano's visa held up by 2006 drunken driving arrest
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The Twins open camp Sunday in Fort Myers, Fla. Liriano was among baseball's top rookies in 2006 until an elbow injury ended his year, and the lefty missed the 2007 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Liriano, arrested in Florida in 2006 on charges of speeding and drunken driving, said that tests required by a U.S. consulate in the Dominican Republic will delay his arrival for at least next week.
The (Minneapolis] Star Tribune reported that in July, Secretary of State Condeleezza Rice ordered U.S. consulates to refer visa applicants to panel physicians "when they have a single drunk driving arrest or conviction within the last three calendar years."
The U.S. consulate in Santo Domingo did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment.
"[The Twins] told me to take it easy and not to worry, that everything is going to come out OK," Liriano said.
Twins general manager Bill Smith said the team was waiting for more information.
"He just found out about it yesterday. Certainly he was surprised by it. But it's the law and he'll do whatever steps he has to go through and then report, hopefully, very shortly," Smith said from the Twins' spring training headquarters in Fort Myers, Fla.
Liriano was 12-3 with a 2.16 ERA in 2006.
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
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