The strange tale of Juan Carlos Oviedo, formerly known as Leo Nunez, of the Miami Marlins, has gotten even stranger. Here’s the scoop:
#Marlins activate JC Oviedo from restricted list, placed on DL w/ right elbow strain
— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) July 23, 2012
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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