LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- It's no secret that the Braves would like to trade Kenshin Kawakami before the end of Spring Training. But for now, the only news surrounding the Japanese hurler is his inability to leave his native Japan.
Braves general manager Frank Wren said Kawakami could arrive in camp within the next week. The 35-year-old right-hander has resolved the passport and visa issues that delayed his arrival.
After removing Kawakami from their 40-man roster in November, the Braves debated whether they would bring him to their big league camp if they were unable to trade him by the time Spring Training arrived.
The wait led them to apply for the visa later than normal.
"He's in great shape," Wren said. "He'll be fine when he gets here. We're not worried about that."
Kawakami is entering the final year of a three-year, $23 million contract. He has gone 8-20 with a 4.30 ERA in 41 career starts.