The Marlins might want to reconsider their plan to offer the former Leo Nunez a contract for next season.
Juan Carlos Oviedo was arrested in the Dominican Republic on Thursday and charged with using a false identity, The Associated Press reports.
Dominican authorities indicated that Oviedo would be brought to trial, though no timetable was immediately provided. That Oviedo is facing legal troubles in his homeland figures to make it even more difficult for him to get a U.S. visa next spring, meaning the Marlins will probably be better off non-tendering him before the Dec. 12 deadline. The team already has a new closer, having signed Heath Bell to a three-year, $27 million contract.
It’s been one issue after the next for Indians reliever Andrew Miller, and on Saturday, the left-hander landed back on the 10-day disabled list with right knee inflammation. According to comments made by club manager Terry Francona, Miller’s knee has been a problem since the start of the year. The team has yet to determine a concrete timetable for his return to the bullpen.
Miller, 33, hasn’t looked like his usual sub-2.00 ERA, 2.0+ fWAR self this season, though he paired a 4.40 ERA and 6.3 BB/9 with an impressive 14.4 SO/9 across his first 14 1/3 innings. A left hamstring strain and minor back injury hampered his effectiveness on the mound, though this appears to be a more serious issue — especially given the five weeks he spent recovering from a tendon injury in his right knee last year.
In corresponding moves, the Indians designated right-hander Oliver Drake for assignment and recalled Triple-A right-handers Ben Taylor and Evan Marshall. Taylor, 25, was working on a 3.63 ERA, 1.0 BB/9 and 11.4 SO/9 through 17 1/3 innings in Triple-A Columbus, while 28-year-old Marshall turned in a terrific 0.77 ERA, 0.8 BB/9 and 6.9 SO/9 over his first 11 2/3 innings. Neither reliever has pitched more than a handful of innings at the big league level in 2018.