It wasn't a great winter for Juan Carlos Oviedo (formerly Leo Nunez), who was arrested in the Dominican Republic for using a false identity and lost his job to free-agent signing Heath Bell. If there's a silver lining, it's that Bell has been terrible, quickly melting into a puddle of goo with each appearance. Hurry, Juan Carlos! The job is yours for the taking, right?
Not so fast. From the Miami Herald:
Major League Baseball, which privately informed involved parties last month that it planned to give Oviedo a six-week suspension upon his return to the United States, has changed plans and decided to make the ban eight weeks, according to an MLB source.
The poet in me likes to think that there was a big meeting, and Oviedo was acting like Judd Nelson in The Breakfast Club, which gave Bud Selig a chance to unleash his inner Principal Vernon. "Fine. Seven weeks. Okay, smart guy. Eight weeks."
The truth is a little more boring. Because Oviedo missed spring training with visa issues, MLB tacked on an additional two weeks to compensate. During the suspension, Oviedo will be allowed to get ready for the season in extended spring training.