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Juan Carlos Oviedo gets visa, arrives in Florida next week

May 25, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

Leo Nunez - Juan Carlos Oviedo AP

Earlier this week Juan Carlos Oviedo reportedly received his work visa, but then it turned out he received a pardon from the U.S. State Department that’s necessary before getting a visa but hadn’t gotten the actual visa yet.

Now he has both, with Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reporting that Oviedo has finally been given a visa six months after being charged with identity fraud in the Dominican Republic and is expected to arrive at the Marlins’ spring training complex Monday.

Once he does arrive the clock will start ticking on his eight-week suspension, so Oviedo won’t be a factor for the Marlins before late July. Oviedo was the Marlins’ closer back when he went by Leo Nunez, saving 92 games from 2009-2011, but with Heath Bell now filling that role and several other relievers ahead of him on the late-inning depth chart he seems likely to work in middle relief initially.

  1. El Bravo - May 25, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Welcome back Leo. That name was way cooler. So cool it sounded made up.

    • ajcardsfan - May 25, 2012 at 4:47 PM

      “That jerk stole my name: The Leo Nunez Juan Carlos Ovideo Story”

  2. jimmymarlinsfan - May 25, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    I believe Leo Nunez is a real person and was a childhood friend of Mr. Oviedo if I remember the story correctly

    • Old Gator - May 25, 2012 at 7:46 PM

      You do. And remember: if he makes it as far as the beach, he’s in.

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