So after all that–the arrest, the name change, the suspension–Juan Carlos Oviedo won’t even throw a pitch for the Marlins this season and, it turns out, may not throw a pitch next season either.
Oviedo was diagnosed with a sprained elbow back in July, but today he underwent Tommy John surgery that will sideline him for 12 months. Dr. James Andrews did the honors.
As an impending free agent he’s unlikely to be back with the Marlins and will probably have to settle for an incentive-laden one-year contract, perhaps with an option for 2014 so the team that signs him can get some potential benefit once he’s healthy.
Or, because he hasn’t actually faced big-league hitters since September 21, 2011 he may have to rehab on his own and try to secure a contract only after he’s healthy enough to throw off a mound in the second half of next season.
The Rangers will not sign free agent reliever Seung-hwan Oh after all. Reports from MLB.com’s TR Sullivan indicate that negotiations were brought to a halt after a physical issue was found with the pitcher. While the specifics have yet to be released, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News says the issue was revealed on an MRI of the right-hander’s arm.
Oh was thought to be in talks with the Rangers last week, though a deal was never officially announced by the club. The 35-year-old righty is fresh off of a two-year run with the Cardinals, during which he posted a cumulative 39 saves, 2.85 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 10.2 SO/9 in 139 innings. He struggled with consistency in his sophomore season, however, and finished 2017 with a disappointing 4.10 ERA and 4.44 FIP in 62 appearances for the team.
While Oh hasn’t experienced any setbacks with his arm in the majors so far, he does have a history of prior injuries during his time in KBO. He sustained a shoulder injury in 2009 and underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow in 2010. It’s possible that the Rangers saw an entirely different problem on the MRI, but clearly it was enough to give them strong reservations about inking the righty to a $2.75+ million deal. It’s still possible that another of Oh’s suitors will offer him a contract prior to Opening Day; the Giants were rumored to be interested in the veteran reliever, among other teams, though their recent acquisition of lefty reliever Tony Watson will likely take them out of the running now.