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Ponson Is Left Waiting for Permit

By Jorge Arangure Jr.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, April 22, 2005; Page D08

BALTIMORE, April 21 -- Baltimore Orioles pitcher Sidney Ponson will not accompany the team to Toronto for this weekend's three-game series because he has yet to receive permission to enter the country due to his pending DUI case. There is still a chance that Ponson (2-1) could be allowed into Canada in time to make his start on Sunday against the Blue Jays.

"Nobody has told me anything," Ponson said. "Whatever you ask me, I have no comment on it."

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Orioles Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Jim Beattie said he hopes to hear Friday from Canadian immigration officials. Ponson's paperwork is stuck in Buffalo, and it's possible someone will have to go there to pick up his "Minister's permit," which temporarily allows him to enter the country.

"It looks good, but I hate to jump ahead of myself," Beattie said. "I'm not anticipating anything at this point. We're hopeful and we have our fingers crossed."

If Ponson can't make the trip, Baltimore Manager Lee Mazzilli said the team could possibly call up someone from Class AAA Ottawa to take his place. The Orioles could also choose to have someone on the roster start, or simply pitch Bruce Chen on three days' rest. Ponson has yet to appear in court for the arrest, which occurred in January in Florida.

Reed Takes Pressure Off

Reliever Steve Reed said perhaps he has been putting too much pressure on himself to perform, which could explain his 13.50 ERA. Reed has allowed at least a run in four of his six appearances.

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't pressing," Reed said. "I'm not worried about it. You want to do well and you want to contribute."

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