The New York Yankees have called on New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to speed up Masahiro Tanaka's visa application, so he will be on time for spring training, the New York Daily News reported in its online edition Friday.

Pitchers and catchers are to report for spring training on Feb. 14, but the Yankees are concerned that Tanaka might have paperwork delays.

According to Schumer, it sometimes can take up to one month for foreign players to obtain a visa, so he has made sure that Tanaka's application will be processed quickly.