The Miami Marlins used to be the Florida Marlins.
The Florida Marlins had a closer named Leo Nunez. Now he’s Juan Carlos Oviedo! Same thing, right?
Not exactly. You already know the story about Oviedo’s identity theft; he was arrested for doing so in his home country, the Dominican Republic, but eventually worked out a deal and has since been trying to get a visa to return to the USA to pitch for the Miami Marlins.
That’s now been done. Clark Spencer:
Juan Carlos Oviedo received his U.S. visa on Friday and told reporters in the Dominican Republic that he plans to arrive Monday at the Marlins’ minor league facility in Jupiter. Oviedo said he decided to wait to Monday to travel because Sunday is Mother’s Day in the Dominican Republic.
“I’m very happy to get the U.S. visa this morning,” Oviedo told Listin Diario newspaper. “I decided to leave on Monday to be in Jupiter becasue I wish to be with my mother on Mother’s Day.”
Jupiter? Two whole planets away?
Oh, Jupiter, FLORIDA. This is so confusing.
Oviedo can work out and get in pitching shape, but he will still have to serve an eight-week suspension handed down by MLB before he returns to game action. That won’t be until after the All-Star break.
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