Marlins Closer Leo Nunez Has Been Playing Under Assumed Name, Put on MLB’s Restricted List


September 24, 2011

Everyone remembers the Danny Almonte saga — the kid from the Dominican Republic who threw a no-hitter in the Little League World Series, only to have it wiped from the record books when officials found out he was two years older than his birth certificate stated. But even with all the controversy, he at least kept his own name.

The same can't be said for Florida Marlins closer Leo Nunez.

It was discovered on Thursday that Nunez has been playing in the majors since 2005 under an assumed name due to missing immigration paperwork, The Miami Herald reports. A source has reported Nunez's real name to be Juan Carlos Oviedo.

Nunez returned to the Dominican Republic after being placed on Major League Baseball's restricted list and will be reinstated once the immigration paperwork has been cleared.

It was also discovered that Nunez is 29 years old, not 28, as his bio in the Marlins' media guide suggests.

Nunez last pitched in Wednesday's matchup against the Braves but will not be joining the team on their trip to Milwaukee.

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