Oviedo expected in Jupiter on Monday
MIAMI — Juan Carlos Oviedo is close to clearing up all his legal issues.
The 30-year-old right-hander has got his visa approved on Friday, and he is expected to arrive at Jupiter, Fla., on Monday.
Once he is removed from MLB’s resticted list, Oviedo is expected to receive an eight-week suspension.
Oviedo, formerly Leo Nunez, was placed on the restricted list last September when it was revealed that he was playing under a false identity. He returned then to the Dominican Republic, and it has taken months to resolve the matter.
“I am very happy to get a U.S. visa this morning,” Oviedo told the Dominican newspaper, Listin Diario. “I’ve decided to leave for Jupiter, Fla., next Monday. I wish to be with my mother on Mother’s Day.”
Mother’s Day in the Dominican Republic is recognized on the last Sunday of May.
On Monday, he will head to the Marlins’ Spring Training complex in Jupiter, Fla.
— Joe Frisaro