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Visa issues delay arrivals of Paulino, Nunez

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Catcher Ronny Paulino and right-handed reliever Jhonny Nunez were not in camp with the Mariners for their first workout on Wednesday due to visa issues that delayed their departures out of the Dominican Republic.

Both players are non-roster invitees on Minor League contracts, though Paulino is expected to challenge for a backup role on a team that has only two catchers -- Jesus Montero and Kelly Shoppach -- on its 40-man roster.

Manager Eric Wedge said Paulino, an eight-year Major League veteran who played for the Orioles last season, was expected to arrive in the next day or so. Nunez's appearance might take a little longer.

"We're hoping both of them are here by the end of the week," Wedge said.

Nunez, 27, is a right-hander who pitched in the Rays' Minor League system last year. Paulino, 31, is a career .272 hitter in 573 games for the Pirates, Marlins, Mets and Orioles.

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