Marlins' Oviedo Receives Visa, to Report Soon

LOS ANGELES - JULY 5: Relief pitcher Leo Nunez #46 of the Florida Marlins celebrates after getting the last out and the save against the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 5 2010 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles California. The Marlins won 6-5. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Miami Marlins reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo has received his work visa and is expected to report to extended spring training soon, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Placed on the restricted list for falsifying his identity last September, Oviedo has since then been trapped in legal limbo in his native Dominican Republic, needing a pardon from the U.S. State Department to return to the country.

Oviedo reportedly received the needed pardon yesterday, making him eligible to return to the team, but is still expected to serve an eight-week suspension on his return to the Marlins roster.

The now 30-year-old right-hander has averaged 66 innings pitched in his three seasons as the Marlins closer, amassing a 3.86 ERA, 8.5 K/9, 3.1 BB/9 and 92 saves in that time.

The relief artist former known as Leo Nunez has not pitched in a major league game since September 21.

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