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Report: Juan Carlos Oviedo receives visa to return to U.S.

Juan Carlos Oviedo, the relief pitcher for the Marlins formerly known as Leo Nunez, received his visa Wednesday to return to the United States according to a published report in El Caribe.

Although Oviedo can return to the U.S. it doesn't mean he can pitch right away. He still has to serve an eight week suspension laid down by Major League Baseball.

The Marlins have said in the past they envision using Oviedo as a set-up man for closer Heath Bell. Nunez will not receive any of his $6 million salary until his suspension is over.

MLB and the Marlins have yet to comment about the matter.

Oviedo has 92 saves in his career for the Marlins, third all-time.


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With all the closer problems teams are having, this is a guy the Marlins could dangle as trade bait to get another bat. If he begins serving his suspension soon, he could be ready to pitch by the end of July. Just food for thought.

Flav C.

can you guys envision a combo of Oviedo pitching the 8th and Bell the 9th?
Heart-attacks galore.


I'm already having heart palpitations!! Like what laruel said that he could be good trade bait to make that final push. I would just love to see this team firing on all cylinders to see how good they really are. You never know, a fresh arm in July could be good.

Flav C.

flagg, June will be a good thermometer to see how good they are.
They will play Phillies, Braves, Rays, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Cardinals.
17 home games. 9 away.

Stan M

Oviedo is another 6 million thrown away. At least I hope it is away...far away. You are certainly right about June, Flav. and we have San Fran and Washington leading up to them. Make or break for sure.


If the Fish break even in June, you'd have to say it was a good month.

Edwin Rod


Wait & See

by the time Nunez is ready to pitch in Aug, Bell will have blown another 5 saves at least, and the Marlins will be hoping Nunez can help bigtime.

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