MIAMI -- After spending eight months clearing up legal issues relating to his identity, Juan Carlos Oviedo is scheduled to arrive in Florida on Monday.
The 30-year-old right-handed reliever on Friday received his visa in the Dominican Republic, and he is scheduled to be at the Marlins' complex in Jupiter, Fla., on Monday.
Oviedo, formerly Leo Nunez, was placed on the restricted list last September when it was revealed that he was playing under a false identity. He returned then to the Dominican Republic, and it has taken months to resolve the matter.
Once removed from MLB's restricted list, Oviedo is expected to serve an eight-week suspension.
"I am very happy to get a U.S. visa this morning," Oviedo told the Dominican newspaper, Listin Diario. "I've decided to leave for Jupiter, Fla., next Monday. I wish to be with my mother on Mother's Day."
Mother's Day in the Dominican Republic is recognized on the last Sunday of May.
Oviedo will travel to the Marlins' complex in Jupiter, where he will begin working out. Because of the suspension, he won't be allowed to play in Minor League games until the final 15 days of his suspension.
Oviedo likely will pitch in simulated scrimmages.
"He's happy. He sent me a message," said Marlins reliever Edward Mujica, a close friend of Oviedo. "He told me, 'I got the visa already, bro.' I'm happy for him."
Boni has surgery, could be back in four weeks
MIAMI -- Best-case scenario, Marlins center fielder Emilio Bonifacio will be back before the All-Star break.
Bonifacio had surgery on Friday morning to repair ligament damage in his left thumb.
There is a chance the center fielder will need four weeks to recover. On Thursday, Bonifacio said he would be out four to six weeks.
"Boni should be fine in four weeks," manager Ozzie Guillen said on Friday. "Very good news. Hopefully it will happen. With surgery or without the surgery, it was going to be the same time."
The speedster jammed his thumb on May 18 in Cleveland while being thrown out attempting to steal second.
Infielder Solano to start in left field on Saturday
MIAMI -- With Austin Kearns on the disabled list, the Marlins are looking for right-handed-hitting help. They hope they find it in Donovan Solano, a career middle infielder who has appeared in four big league games.
Solano is scheduled to start in left field on Saturday against San Francisco left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
"He will play in the field tomorrow, and good luck," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I think Solano is a great athlete. Solano is a baseball player. I think he can handle himself there."
Kearns is on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain. He had been the primary right-handed bat off the bench.
The hope is Kearns will only need 15 days to get back.
Miami is hitting .226 as a team against left-handed pitching, and .250 against right-handers.
Solano is a natural infielder who has been taking fly balls in left field the past few days.
Miami's outfield already includes three left-handed hitters -- Chris Coghlan, Bryan Petersen and Kevin Mattison.
"He's a right-handed hitter against a left-handed pitcher," Guillen said of Solano. "I'm looking for his bat. I'm not looking for his defense. Kearns was for his bat, not because he's a Gold Glove outfielder. We're looking for some offense."
Giants get in on Marlins' 'Lo viste' sign
MIAMI -- "Lo viste," the Marlins' rally sign, is being used now by some of the Giants.
Spanish for "see that?" lo viste was started by Emilio Bonifacio to highlight when a player does something meaningful. You will often see Marlins players form a sideways "V" with two fingers over one eye.
On Thursday night, Angel Pagan of the Giants did a lo viste after he got a hit.
Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes was a teammate of Pagan in New York. Reyes said the Giants said before the game they would do lo viste, so the Marlins didn't see it as a taunt.
"No, no," Reyes said. "They said before the game they're going to do it. It's OK. They can do whatever they want to."
Reyes and the Marlins have popularized lo viste. Bonifacio had lo viste T-shirts made.
Reyes notes that the team doesn't do it to rub it in to opponents. The Marlins do it in the direction of their own dugout.
"We don't do it to upset the other team," Reyes said. "We do it for ourselves, to have fun. If you look around the big leagues, a bunch of teams do a bunch of different stuff. I don't know why teams are focusing on what we do. If you watch other teams, they do something too."
While with the Mets, Reyes had his own sign. He would make a sweeping motion with his right arm, raising it over his head. Like lo viste, Reyes' signal was done in the direction of his team's dugout.
"That's the spotlight," Reyes said of his former move. "Everybody on the team last year was doing it. Even the fans. That's something for us. If you get to third base and you do that, that means you've done something good for this team."
Reyes says Bonifacio has made lo viste a common phrase.
"Last year, in the Dominican winter ball, on Bonifacio's team, everybody started doing it when they got on base," Reyes said.
The Marlins recalled lefty reliever Dan Jennings from Triple-A New Orleans on Friday to fill the roster spot of Mike Dunn. Dunn was optioned to New Orleans after Thursday's game. Jennings and Randy Choate are the two lefties in Miami's pen.
Giancarlo Stanton on Friday was back in the cleanup spot for the first time since April 20.
"Right now, we need more offense," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We're trying to make things happen. He's swinging at strikes. I think this kid is starting to learn how to be patient. He's looking for the right pitch."
Guillen is surprised to see how much Logan Morrison is struggling at the plate right now. Morrison is 2-for-31 in his last 10 games, and his average is down to .228 entering Friday.
"I think he's a way better hitter than what he's shown," the manager said.
Guillen's observation is Morrison is letting his struggles weigh on him.
"You know he's a good hitter," Guillen said. "I think right now, his mechanics, he's doing some stuff that don't help him. You can see if he makes an out in the first inning, you can see like, 'Wow, here we go again.' Take one at-bat at a time."