Tanaka received his visa on Tuesday and is now preparing to report to Spring Training next Friday, along with his fellow pitchers, catchers and injured players.
Last week, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer confirmed his office helped expedite Tanaka’s paperwork so he would be able to come to Spring Training on time.
“My office works tirelessly to help constituents every single day, but it’s not often you get a call from a constituent like the New York Yankees,” Schumer told the New York Daily News.
Schumer said without his assistance, the process of receiving the “P-visa” could have taken up to a month. Schumer also helped process Jose Reyes‘s application when he was with the New York Mets.