When last we left the Juan Carlos Oviedo (Leo Nunez) saga, it had been announced at the beginning of May that MLB was going to increase his suspension from six to eight weeks, whenever he returned to the USA.
That could happen soon. Manny Navarro:
Juan Carlos Oviedo, the relief pitcher for the Marlins formerly known as Leo Nunez, received his visa Wednesday to return to the United States according to a published report in El Caribe.
Although Oviedo can return to the U.S. it doesn’t mean he can pitch right away. He still has to serve an eight week suspension laid down by Major League Baseball.
Oviedo/Nunez is probably not in shape to pitch in Major League Baseball games anyway, so he’d likely take most of that eight weeks simply to get in shape. Navarro says the Marlins are likely to use him as a setup man for closer Heath Bell.
Oviedo/Nunez has a $6 million deal for this year, but he won’t be paid while under suspension. It doesn’t seem as if we’ll see him in a Marlins uniform until after the All-Star break, if then.
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