Yoon has physical, headed back to Korea for visa

Yoon has physical, headed back to Korea for visa

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Suk-min Yoon had a nameplate on one of the Orioles' lockers in Sarasota, as the right-handed pitcher -- who agreed to terms on a three-year contract with Baltimore Thursday -- was in town Friday for his physical.

Yoon got a chance to meet manager Buck Showalter, who said the plan is for the pitcher to go back to South Korea to get his visa, although the organization is trying to figure out a more efficient way to do it. The timetable for Yoon to join Orioles camp, assuming he passes the physical, is anywhere from five to 14 days.

As for whether Yoon would be a starter or a reliever, Showalter said it's not a conversation he's had with executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette just yet so he didn't want to handicap it one way or another.

Pitching in relief due to an injury last season, Yoon went 3-6 with a 4.00 ERA and seven saves. His best pro season in South Korea was in 2011, when he went 17-5 with a 2.45 ERA.

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