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Torres Arrives



    Torres Arrives
    Alex Torres

    "I'm really excited to be here with my new teammates and my new organization," said Alex Torres after finally making it to Peoria, Ariz.

    The left-handed reliever, a Venezuela native, got to camp a couple of weeks late because of problems with his visa. Torres didn't blame the political volatility of his home country, rather the off-season trade that brought him to the Padres from Tampa Bay.

    "I don't know what's going on. The trade was a little late to get my information and send it to the embassy," Torres said.

    Despite his tardiness, Torres said he's ready. The 5-foot-10 pitcher has been working out while waiting for the green light to leave Venezuela.

    "I started throwing two or three weeks ago. Last week, I threw two bullpen sessions because I knew the first day was starting soon," he said.

    The 26-year old pitched 59 innings last year for the Rays, posting an impressive 1.71 ERA. He's expected to be a key piece to the Padres bullpen, a likely replacement for left-handed set-up man Luke Gregerson.