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Juan Carlos Oviedo out indefinitely with sprained elbow

Jul 16, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

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Juan Carlos Oviedo is eligible to return from his eight-week suspension for identity fraud on July 23, but the reliever formerly known as Leo Nunez won’t be ready to rejoin the Marlins’ bullpen by then because he’s been diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Oviedo suffered the injury while working his way back into game shape in the minors and the UCL, if torn, is what leads to Tommy John surgery and a 12-month recovery.

For now the Marlins are saying there’s no return timetable, which means he’ll likely rest for a few weeks and then have doctors take another look. If healthy Oviedo was in position to potentially reclaim his old closer job, or at least a share of the save chances along with Heath Bell, but those plans are out the window now.

  1. gloccamorra - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    “The reliever formerly known as Leo Nunez” reminded me of Prince and his unpronounceable symbol, leading people to call him TAFKAP. That was pronounceable, but how do you pronounce TRFKALN?

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