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Juan Carlos Oviedo reports to Rays camp

Mar 16, 2014, 9:02 AM EDT

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Beat writer Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports that right-handed reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo — formerly known as Leo Nunez — finally reported to Rays camp this weekend.

Oviedo was held up by work visa issues in the Dominican Republic — his native country. “I’m happy to be here. I was waiting for it, I was anxious to be here, but I didn’t know what was going on,” he told the Tampa Bay Times. “I just trained at home and waited for things to happen.”

The 32-year-old signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Rays in December. He hasn’t pitched at the major league level since 2011 but Rays manager Joe Maddon expects him to be a contributor in 2014.

  1. baberuthslegs - Mar 16, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Didn’t he have surgery on his pitching elbow? Anyone know how the recovery went?

    • indaburg - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:31 AM

      He had TJ surgery back in 2012. Indicators are that he’s fully recovered since Rays resigned him to that $1.5m deal.

      • baberuthslegs - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:57 AM

        Thanks.

  2. 1harrypairatesties - Mar 16, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    I thought The Bachelor played Soccer?

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