Nunez suspended amid ID scandal
The Florida Marlins suspended closer Leo Nunez for the rest of the season, The Miami Herald reported Friday, while a government official in the Dominican Republic says Nunez has admitted to using fake documents and a fake ID to sign a professional contract more than a year ago.
Central Electoral Commission President Roberto Rosario said at a press conference Friday that Nunez signed a sworn statement saying he is not the person identified in official documents.
A person familiar with Nunez's immigration status told The Associated Press on Thursday that his real name is Juan Carlos Oviedo, and he's 29, a year older than listed in the team media guide. The Marlins placed Nunez on Major League Baseball's restricted list, and he isn't expected to pitch in the final week of the season.
Dominican authorities have arrested Hector Pena Diaz, who is accused of falsifying Nunez's documents.
Pat Courtney, MLB's senior vice president of public relations, confirmed Nunez was placed on the league's restricted list for "personal reasons, and it doesn't involve baseball."
Nunez's agent, Andy Mota, refused to respond to the claims, saying only, "This is very recent. I don't want to say anything at all."
It was understood that Nunez, who pitched the ninth inning of Florida's 4-0 win over Atlanta on Wednesday, must clear his immigration status before he can be reinstated to play. He has 36 saves this season.