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Marlins' Oviedo Will Miss 2013 Season

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Marlins' Juan Carlos Oviedo Has Tommy John Surgery

Juan Carlos Oviedo was once the closer for the Florida Marlins. Not the current Miami Marlins, but last year’s edition, when he was known as Leo Nunez. He posted 36 saves for the team and had 92 in all for them from 2009-11.

Then Nunez/Oviedo was caught, having stolen an identity in the Dominican Republic. He was suspended by MLB for eight weeks, and in July reported to Marlins camp to work his way back to the major leagues. He had an elbow strain while rehabbing, and it got worse. Enrique Rojas:

Miami Marlins relief pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo, also known as Leo Nunez, underwent Tommy John surgery on Thursday and is expected to miss most of the 2013 season, his agent told ESPNdeportesLosAngeles.com.

“We hope everything comes out well and Juan Carlos can return toward the end of next year or in 2014”, said Oviedo’s agent, Andy Mota, Thursday from Pensacola, Fla, where Oviedo underwent the operation with Dr. James Andrews. “Relatively, Tommy John surgery has become a common procedure from which most pitchers come back.”

Oviedo will be a free agent after the 2012 season; he’ll be 32 shortly before the 2014 season begins, so where or whether he’ll ever pitch again is an open question.

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Marlins Activate Juan Carlos Oviedo From Restricted List, Send Him To DL

The strange tale of Juan Carlos Oviedo, formerly known as Leo Nunez, of the Miami Marlins, has gotten even stranger. Here’s the scoop:

Oviedo had been placed on the restricted list because he had taken the false identity of “Leo Nunez” and pitched under that name for several seasons. He was working his way back to the Marlins’ bullpen on a rehab assignment — during which he’d allowed one earned run in three innings — when he suffered a sprained UCL.

“Sprained UCL” is usually code for “Tommy John surgery coming”. He’s now on the 15-day disabled list, and according to SB Nation’s MLB Daily Dish, isn’t expected to pitch again in 2012.

Have we heard the last of Juan Carlos Oviedo? Or will he return in 2013, or 2014? Stay tuned for another episode of “As The Reliever Turns”.

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Marlins' Juan Carlos Oviedo Out With Sprained UCL

This could be filed under the category of “poetic justice”, one supposes.

To quickly recap the story of Marlins reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo, formerly known as Leo Nunez: it was discovered he had taken a false identity. After several months passed, he finally got out of the Dominican Republic with a work visa, and reported to Marlins extended spring training with the understanding he couldn’t pitch in the major leagues until July 23 due to an eight-week suspension by MLB.

July 23 is just one week from now, but it’s going to be much longer before we see Oviedo in a game:

UCL sprains can be nothing. Or they can lead to Tommy John surgery, as we just learned earlier today about Oviedo’s countryman, Blue Jays reliever Luis Perez.

As always, we await developments. Oviedo is under contract to the Marlins for this year for $6 million, but he might not throw a single major-league pitch.

For more on the Marlins, please visit FishStripes.


Marlins' Juan Oviedo Officially Suspended Through July 22

Press release from Major League Baseball:

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Miami Marlins pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo has received a suspension of eight weeks for engaging in age and identity fraud.

The suspension of Oviedo, which is effective beginning today, shall be served through Sunday, July 22nd. Oviedo is eligible to participate in extended Spring Training during the period of his suspension. In addition, during the period of the suspension, Oviedo will be eligible for one rehabilitation assignment to a Minor League affiliate not to exceed 16 days.

This just makes the unofficial, official, as it's been previously reported that Oviedo would draw a two-month suspension. Of course, he used to be Leo Nuñez, the Marlins' closer from 2009 through '11. Oviedo/Nuñez has never been great but he's usually been good, and might ultimately be a closing option for Ozzie Guillen if Heath Bell continues his consistent inconsistency in that role.

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