The saga of the pitcher Cleveland Indians fans once knew as Fausto Carmona goes on.
The team says Roberto Hernandez got his U.S. visa, and will talk to reporters Sunday at Progressive Field. He'll do minor league rehab stints while serving a Major League Baseball suspension...
Statement from Cleveland Indians Executive Vice President and General Manager CHRIS ANTONETTI
“Roberto Hernandez has acquired his visa to enter the United States and we are eager for him to return to competition. He is en route to Cleveland now and will report to Progressive Field Sunday morning, where he will address the media and throw for our Major League staff. After that, he will join one of the club’s Minor League teams and continue preparing for his return to the Major League team.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 21, 2012
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL DISCIPLINES CLEVELAND’S HERNANDEZ
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Cleveland Indians pitcher Roberto Hernandez has received a suspension of three weeks for engaging in age and identity fraud.
In addition, Hernandez has agreed to restructure his player contract with the Indians.
Hernandez shall serve his suspension, which is effective beginning today, through Friday, August 10th. Hernandez will be eligible for a rehabilitation assignment to a Minor League affiliate during his suspension.
The Cleveland Indians manager says the pitcher known as Fausto Carmona won't be making it to spring training.Indians manager Manny Acta told The Associated Press late Monday that the team is trying to speed up Carmona's arrival.Carmona is accused of using a false identity to play baseball in the U.S. and faces a judicial process in the Dominican Republic. He was released from jail on Friday.Carmona's real name is Roberto Hernandez Heredia. He's 31, three years older than he had claimed.Acta says it's likely Kevin Slowey may replace Carmona, who won 13 games in 2010 and went 7-15 last season.
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