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Nunez's 2012 availability in question

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With their regular closer out of the country to deal with a legal issue, the Marlins will use a closer by committee, manager Jack McKeon said Friday.

Edward Mujica likely will get first shot. Rookie Steve Cishek and Chris Hatcher also might get chances over the team's final games -- both are considered future closers.

Leo Nunez converted 36 saves in 42 chances this year, but he is in his native Dominican Republic. He told Dominican officials his real name is Juan Carlos Oviedo and that he is 29 years old, not 28 as listed in the Marlins' media guide.

The Marlins don't know when or if Nunez will be available to pitch, but his legal issue could force the team to scratch him from its 2012 plans. He has one more winter of arbitration.

"You hate to see it because he's a good kid," McKeon said. "I hope it's nothing serious and he gets a chance to play again and everything works out for him."

McKeon knows there have been problems over the years with Dominican prospects using assumed names and lying about their age so they can escape poverty with a lucrative baseball contract.

"Sometimes they get bad information," McKeon said. "Whoever their sponsor is, whether it is a scout or birddog, or what, they want to sell a guy to an organization at a younger age."

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