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Visa issues in Dominican Republic mean Juan Carlos Oviedo won’t report to Marlins on time

Feb 20, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

Leo Nunez - Juan Carlos Oviedo AP

As expected, Juan Carlos Oviedo is having difficulty securing a visa in the Dominican Republic after the reliever formerly known as Leo Nunez was busted for falsifying his identity.

Marlins pitchers and catchers must report tomorrow, but Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald writes that Oviedo definitely won’t be there and “the Marlins aren’t sure when Oviedo will be given the green light.”

Marlins president David Samson said previously that the team is no longer counting on Oviedo being on the Opening Day roster, although that doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t be cleared for a visa and travel to the United States by then. It could mean he reports to spring training and MLB hands down a suspension that keeps him from pitching.

Oviedo avoided arbitration last month by agreeing to a one-year, $6 million contract, but much like Fausto Carmona/Roberto Hernandez Heredia in Cleveland the Marlins won’t have to pay anything if he can’t pitch for one reason or another.

  1. Old Gator - Feb 20, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Oh what tangled webs we weave….especially in Macondo, where the bugs are this big…..

  2. kiwicricket - Feb 20, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Can’t Gator pop across in his cigarette boat, just like last time?

    • Old Gator - Feb 20, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      Those weren’t “cigarettes,” Kiwi….

  3. jwbiii - Feb 20, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Jairo Acensio/Luis Valdez missed an entire season.

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