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Dominican pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo, formerly known as Leo Nunez, received a pardon from the U.S. State Department, a mandatory requirement that allows for him to obtain a visa to travel to the United States and resume his career with the Miami Marlins, according to an ESPNdeportesLosAngeles.com report.

Oviedo was forced to leave the country last September when U.S. authorities discovered he had faked his identity as a professional baseball player to sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2000.

With a pardon, Oviedo still needs the U.S. consulate in the Dominican Republic to issue a visa so he can join the Marlins.

A source told ESPNdeportesLosAngeles that it was "unclear" when he could obtain the visa.

Nunez, 30, saved 92 games as the Marlins' closer in the past three seasons.

---Former major leaguer David Segui may be required to testify in the Roger Clemens perjury trial, against his wishes.

Prosecutors want Segui to speak about a 2001 conservation he had with Clemens' former strength coach, Brian McNamee. McNamee supposedly told Segui about saving waste from injecting players to satisfy McNamee's wife.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton is expected to rule Thursday about whether Segui must testify.

---Colorado Rockies infielder Jonathan Herrera was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a right hamstring strain, and replaced by DJ LeMahieu.

Herrera, 27, was hitting .239 with three doubles, two homers, four RBI and 12 runs scored in 26 games this season. LeMahieu has played second base, third base and shortstop this season.

LeMahieu, 23, began the season with Triple-A Colorado Springs, and batted .315 with 11 stolen bases in 43 games.

---Matt Carpenter became the fifth Cardinal in the last week to go on the disabled list.

Carpenter suffered a strained right oblique during a first-inning at-bat on Tuesday, which resulted in a double.

Right-handed catcher Steven Hill's contract was purchased from Class AAA Memphis to replace Carpenter, who was hitting .288 with three homers and 20 runs batted in.

---The Milwaukee Brewers claimed infielder Cody Ranson off waivers from Arizona. They also optioned infielder Edwin Maysonet to Triple-A Nashville, and transferred shortstop Alex Gonzalez to the 60-day disabled list with a knee injury.

---The Orioles have promoted pitcher Dylan Bundy. The No. 4 pick in the 2011 draft, to Class A Advanced Frederick.

Bundy did not did not allow an earned run in 30 innings with Class A Delmarva, yielding only five hits and two walks while striking out 40.

--- Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, who has been on the restricted list since May 14 to deal with a personal matter, won't be joining the Angels on their current road trip, despite earlier indications that he would.

Manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday, Hunter will "probably" return during the Angels' homestand next week.

Hunter is in Texas, with his 17-year-old son, Darius McClinton-Hunter, who's contesting a sexual-assault charge.

---Although the A's issued a release last week saying Manny Ramirez "is scheduled to play his first game with the A's May 30 in Minnesota," manager Bob Melvin said Wednesday that might not happen.

"We want to get him close to 40 at-bats and, whether or not we get there in 10 days, I don't know," Melvin told MLB.com.

Ramirez was scheduled to play in his fourth game with Triple-A Sacramento in Round Rock, Texas, on Wednesday. He went 3-for-8 in his previous three contests. He missed Sunday's game because of a sore left wrist.

---Brewers starter Marco Estrada left Wednesday's game against the Giants with a strained right hip flexor in the bottom of the first inning. It's unclear whether that will cause him to miss his next start.

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