Oviedo suspended until July 22

MIAMI — Marlins reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo on Monday was handed an eight-week suspension by Major League Baseball for engaging in age and identity fraud.

Oviedo’s suspension is effective as of Monday, the day the 30-year-old returned to the United States after spending nearly eight months in the Dominican Republic resolving the issue of his identity.

Oviedo, formerly known as Leo Nunez, reported to the Marlins complex in Jupiter, Fla., on Monday.

The suspension will run through July 22.

According to the league, Oviedo is eligible to participate in extended Spring Training during the period of his suspension.  In addition, during the period of the suspension, Oviedo will be eligible for one rehabilitation assignment to a Minor League affiliate not to exceed 16 days.

In late September of last year, Oviedo was placed on the restricted list. He returned to the Dominican Republic to resolve issues relating to his identity.

Joe Frisaro

 

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