SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.— Giants manager Bruce Bochy envisions few issues or distractions with the arrival of former top first base prospect Angel Villalona, who 3? years ago was charged with murder in his native Dominican Republic.
Villalona reported to spring training Friday and was undergoing a physical ahead of the first full-squad workout by the reigning World Series champions Saturday.
Villalona was charged in the September 2009 death of a 25-year-old man at a bar. He was freed on bond that November after the family of the deceased asked a judge to drop the case. But Villalona was also stripped of his U.S. visa at the time.
Last spring, Villalona had his visa delayed for what the team was told were weight and health issues. MLB has already reinstated him off the restricted list.
"He's coming in, I know it's been a long journey for him," Bochy said following Friday's workout. "From what I gather, he's really rededicated himself and is excited about getting another opportunity. We're getting ready for a season, and he'll be part of it."