MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The player formerly known as Leo Nunez is not expected to report to Miami Marlins camp with the rest of his pitcher and catcher teammates on Wednesday.
Nunez, whose real name is Juan Carlos Oviedo, is still stuck in the Dominican Republic as he seeks legal clearance to return to the United States, according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald.
Oviedo had been playing under the assumed name of Leo Nunez for the past several seasons before being exposed before the end of the 2011 season. Oviedo returned to his home country as he sought to clear up his immigration status.
The Marlins re-signed Oviedo in the offseason rather than go to salary arbitration. Oviedo had lost his role as the team’s primary closer last December when the Marlins signed free agent relief pitcher Heath Bell.
According to the Herald, even when Oviedo is cleared to return to the United States, he still may face disciplinary action from Major League Baseball for his role in playing under an assumed name for years for the Marlins.