Giants prospect Villalona delayed by visa problem

JANIE McCAULEY AP Baseball Writer Published:

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- San Francisco Giants prospect Angel Villalona has had his visa delayed back home in the Dominican Republic for what the team was told are weight and health issues.

Bobby Evans, Giants vice president of baseball operations, says the club is hopeful the concerns of the U.S. Consulate in the Dominican Republic are "short-lived."

Villalona was charged in the September 2009 death of a 25-year-old man at a bar in his Caribbean homeland. 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 in November that year.

Ace Tim Lincecum did not throw as planned Tuesday as he nurses stiffness in his back. Manager Bruce Bochy doesn't consider it serious.