Marlins reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo was arrested in the Dominican Republic Thursday afternoon on a warrant related to his ongoing identity fraud case.
But he wasn’t held for very long at all.
According to the AP, via NBCSports.com, the warrant was actually out-dated and Oviedo was released quickly from his holding cell without having to pay bail. He’s not facing any charges in his native Dominican because he continues to cooperate with the authorities’ investigation into his own crime.
Oviedo, formerly known as Leo Nunez, was applying for a work visa at the U.S. Consulate in Santo Domingo when he was detained. He will presumably try for that visa again on Friday with an eye on returning to the United States sometime soon.
The Fish are expected to tender him a contract for 2012 to serve as a setup man to closer Heath Bell.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu will open the regular season in the starting rotation, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports.
Ryu, 30, missed the entire 2015 season and made only one start last season due to shoulder and elbow injuries. The lefty has looked solid in three spring appearances, however, yielding a lone run on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in nine innings.
With Scott Kazmir likely to begin the season on the disabled list, that leaves Alex Wood and Brandon McCarthy to battle it out for the fifth spot in the Dodgers’ rotation.
Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a strained oblique, making it likely that he begins the regular season on the disabled list, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.
The Royals acquired Soler from the Cubs in December in exchange for reliever Wade Davis. Over parts of three seasons with the Cubs, Soler hit .258/.328/.434 with 27 home runs and 98 RBI in 765 plate appearances.
When he’s healthy, Soler is expected to find himself in the Royals’ lineup as a right fielder and occasionally as a designated hitter.