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:
: Juan Carlos Oviedo has UCL sprain in right elbow. There is currently no timetable for his return.
— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) July 16, 2012
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.
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