FORT MYERS -- As he made his way to the bullpen to begin his warmups, the pitcher formerly known as Leo Nunez stopped to sign a child's autograph book with his new initials -- "J.C.O." It wasn't long after that that Juan Carlos Oviedo took the mound for the first time in an actual game since last September when the Marlins reliever was deported to the Dominican Republic for using a false identity.
And Oviedo looked sharp in his first rehab outing for Single A Jupiter, retiring all three batters he faced in his one inning of work. Oviedo whiffed one batter with his signature change and, according to the digital display at Hammond Stadium, hit 95 with his fastball.
Oviedo is eligible to return to the Marlins on July 23, and perhaps as the team's closer based on Heath Bell's long run of failures this season.
"I don't care what inning it is -- sixth, seventh eighth -- it doesn't matter to me," Oviedo said. "I just want to pitch.
Here's some video of tonight's outing by Oviedo: