According to an industry source, the Red Sox are looking into the legal issues facing Vicente Padilla in Nicaragua, but the reported order preventing the pitcher from traveling out of his native country is not expected to delay his arrival to spring training.
According to La Prensa newspaper in Nicaragua, Padilla -- who signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox earlier this month -- had an arrest warrant issued  for his failure to show up in court for a child support hearing, only to have the arrest order revoked later. That second article suggests that Padilla is facing an order not to leave Nicaragua for spring training until the matter is resolved. According to the reports, Padilla owes approximately US$4,200 in child support.
The Red Sox signed Padilla to a minor league deal that includes a $1.5 million salary if he is added to the major league roster. He is coming to camp to compete as a starter, with the idea that he could also become a bullpen contributor if he does not win a spot in the rotation. The 13-year veteran has a career record of 104-90 with a 4.31 ERA.
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