Touch 'Em All: Will the real Leo Nunez stand up?

Posted: February 22, 2012

When the Phillies thought about acquiring closer Leo Nunez from the Florida Marlins last season, they presumed they would be dealing with a Mr. Nunez, Leo.

But it came to light this winter that the player known as Leo Nunez actually was somebody legally named Juan Carlos Oviedo.

Expected to report to camp on Tuesday with the rest of the Marlins staff, Oviedo remains in the Dominican Republic, trying to get a visa.

Since he has to satisfy both the Dominican and U.S. governments, the Marlins are not sure when he may show up, president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said.

Oviedo apparently used the name Nunez for seven years. So far there's no explanation for any of this.

Abreu pops off

Bobby Abreu told ESPNdeportesLosAngeles.com that the Angels would have to trade him if they would not use him every day.

Last season the 37-year-old, never known for his fielding, was used nearly exclusively as a DH by manager Mike Scioscia, but this season is projected only as a pinch-hitter.

Reports from L.A. say the Angels have tried to trade the former Phillies but found no takers.

Noteworthy

Seattle manager Eric Wedge says he will begin the season with Chone Figgins batting leadoff. Ichiro Suzuki will bat third in the order.

It will be the first time in his career that Suzuki will not lead off on a regular basis.

The Cubs sent righthanded reliever Chris Carpenter and a player to be named later to Boston as compensation for signing former Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein.

Flame-throwing reliever Aroldis Chapman will be tried as a starter this spring, Reds manager Dusty Baker said. The 24-year-old lefthander, whose pitches have been clocked at 105 m.p.h,, has a 6-3 record with a 3.27 ERA in 69 relief appearances.

Braves righthander Tommy Hanson has a mild concussion after a car crash on his way to spring training. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Hanson would miss only the first two days of camp. Hanson blew out a tire Monday near the Braves' Disney World complex in Kissimmee, Fla., and bumped his head on either the windshield or the steering wheel.

The Yankees have re-signed Eric Chavez as a backup at both first and third, multiple media reports said Tuesday night.


Contact staff writer Don McKee at dmckee@phillynews.com.

This article contains information from the Associated Press.

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