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The Marlins place Leo Nunez on the restricted list

Sep 22, 2011, 2:59 PM EST

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UPDATE: Word now is that this is not a disciplinary matter. Rather, Nunez is returning to the Dominican Republic to attend to a personal matter of some kind.  Either way, it seems his season is over.  Here’s hoping the personal matter isn’t too ugly.

2: 59 PM: There are no details yet, but the Marlins have placed pitcher Leo Nunez on the restricted list. He has left the team and has returned to the Dominican Republic, so he’s clearly done for the year.

No word on what happened to cause this, but it’s just the latest round of disciplinary action by the Marlins. As you’ll recall, they demoted Logan Morrison for not playing nice with season ticket holders and — probably — for being outspoken.  Mike Cameron was released after an alleged incident on a team flight. Now Nunez.

Not saying the manager is to blame here, but remember when part of the argument in favor of Jack McKeon’s hiring was that he’d run a tight ship and wouldn’t but up with baloney or whatever?  I suppose this stuff cuts one of two ways. Either (a) Marlins players have been kind of out of control for a while and we’re hearing about it now because they’re cracking down; or (b) the ship ain’t terribly tight these days.

  1. frenchysplatediscipline - Sep 22, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    You can’t rest this on Jack’s shoulders… He is usually asleep by 9.

    Didn’t you seem him in the dugout last night? He seems like he dozes off in between hitters.

    Good thing the Marlins didn’t come close to winning the division – it’s hard to celebrate a title with warm milk.

  2. quizguy66 - Sep 22, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    Rotoworld posted an Associated Press report that Nunez was sent back to the Dominican and that his real name is Juan Carlos Oviedo – Leo Nunez was a fake name. It also says the Marlins have been aware of the situation for months. Oh, and he’s 29, not 28.

    Crazy stuff.

    -QG

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