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They should have called up Perez as long man in case Oswalt falters early.
Washington will probably say Oswalt is the current long man and is the filler for any spot start, might be why Perez was not even considered.
Anyone who actually believes it's the passport is kidding themselves.
If that was the case, the passport would've been fedexed to him, he could've flown to Buffalo and waited there got the passport, rented a car and drove to Toronto.
Dempster is a Canadian native so it could be tax issues there. Who knows? Seems strange that something like that would just now be coming up.
In any event, I guess we'll find out just how much Roy O. wants to be a starter. Here's a chance for him to prove it.
I completely agree.
I have now amended my "How you choose your pitchers list:"
1. Never take a pitcher from the San Diego Padres2. Never take a pitcher who has had Tommy John surgery3. Never take a pitcher over the age of 32.
Now, I know there are exceptions to this, but by and large, you're better off getting Martin Perez used to starting in the bigs every 5th game than in having a pitcher with a) brilliant statistics coming from a cavern, b.) a used car with a rebuilt transmission and/or c) some guy with more emotional baggage than a stripper wearing your team's uniform.
Why would it be strange. Who knows the last time he was in Canada? He's been in the NL all his career so unless they played in Toronto (where he's never pitched) he would have to go there.
Also, until recently, you could just cross into Canada without a passport.