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Juan Carlos Oviedo has Tommy John surgery

Sep 6, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

Leo Nunez - Juan Carlos Oviedo AP

So after all that–the arrest, the name change, the suspension–Juan Carlos Oviedo won’t even throw a pitch for the Marlins this season and, it turns out, may not throw a pitch next season either.

Oviedo was diagnosed with a sprained elbow back in July, but today he underwent Tommy John surgery that will sideline him for 12 months. Dr. James Andrews did the honors.

As an impending free agent he’s unlikely to be back with the Marlins and will probably have to settle for an incentive-laden one-year contract, perhaps with an option for 2014 so the team that signs him can get some potential benefit once he’s healthy.

Or, because he hasn’t actually faced big-league hitters since September 21, 2011 he may have to rehab on his own and try to secure a contract only after he’s healthy enough to throw off a mound in the second half of next season.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Quite the odyssey. We’ll miss Leo or whatever his name is. But he should be happy to know that Heath Bell, Mike Dunn and Chad Gaudin will be serving up late game gophers in his honor – in Bell’s case, for seasons to come.

  2. bloodysock - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Tommy John is an alias for the real name of the surgery he had done.

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