Found August 17, 2012 on NESN.com:
PLAYERS: Ryan Dempster
TEAMS: Texas Rangers

Via NESN:

Ryan Dempster has struggled with the Rangers since coming over from the Cubs, but his latest problem adjusting to playing in the American League is a little more bizarre.

The Rangers announced that Dempster will miss his scheduled start against the Blue Jays this weekend due to personal reasons, but the fine print in this one is what's fun.

Dempster reportedly doesn't have his passport, according to the Dallas Morning News, and may have lost it some time in the last few years.

Ergo, Dempster won't be allowed through customs at the airport and can't even travel with the team to the Rogers Centre. Dempster, who hasn't pitched in Canada since 2004, never had to worry about playing the Jays in his time with the Cubbies.

What's even more interesting about this already odd story, though, is that Dempster is actually Canadian. The right-hander was born in Sechelt, B.C., Canada, and played baseball in his native country until he graduated from secondary school in 1995.

In any event, Roy Oswalt will start in Dempster's place and hopefully the former Cub can enjoy the bureaucracy of renewing a passport.

 

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