Manager Manny Acta of the Cleveland Indians approaches the mound to remove Fausto Carmona from the game against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Roberto Hernandez / Fausto Carmona Returns To Indians

Fausto Carmona is Roberto Hernandez Heredia, and Roberto Hernandez Heredia will make his re-debut for the Indians against the Angels.

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Roberto Hernandez, Formerly Fausto Carmona, Activated By Indians

The baseball player formerly known as Fausto Carmona has had a long journey back to the major leagues after it was revealed his real name was Roberto Hernandez, and he was really 31 years old, not 28.

Wednesday, he will return to major-league action. Paul Hoynes:

The Indians have cleared a path for Roberto Hernandez to start Wednesday night against the Angels by placing Josh Tomlin on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right elbow.

The move allows the Indians to keep a 13-man pitching staff with left-hander Chris Seddon, presumably, moving into the bullpen. The Indians have been using a 13-man staff as they try to shake the hangover from their 11-game losing streak that ended a week ago.

Hernandez made five minor-league rehab starts, posting a 4.07 ERA with 20 strikeouts and four walks in 24⅓ innings. He also served a three-week suspension for the age and identity fraud. The Indians are now far out of contention after that long losing streak, but they’ll welcome any pitching help they can get.

For more on the Indians, please visit Let’s Go Tribe and SB Nation Cleveland.


Roberto Hernandez Making First Rehab Start Thursday

Roberto Hernandez, who as you all know by now was once known as Fausto Carmona, has had a long journey back to playing baseball in the USA.

Without boring you once again with all the details, he’s getting closer to returning to the Cleveland Indians:

Lake County and West Michigan are in the Low-A Midwest League, so he’ll probably get three or four more starts before he gets back to the major leagues. He’s serving a three-week suspension while this rehab assignment goes on, so you can figure the minor-league assignment will last that long. That puts him on target for a return to Cleveland about mid-August. The Tribe still has a shot at one of the wild-card spots, so they’ll welcome him back no matter what his name is now.

For more on the Indians, please visit Let’s Go Tribe and SB Nation Cleveland.


Roberto Hernandez Meets Tribe Teammates, Apologizes

Roberto Hernandez, known for years in the major leagues as Fausto Carmona, met with his Cleveland Indians teammates Sunday and apologized for deceiving them with his stolen identity:

“I am extremely remorseful and apologize to the fans, teammates, the team and everybody else who has looked up to me,” he said. “I am extremely happy with the support of the fan base, but do not know what (reaction) to expect.”

Hernandez said he was “very sad all the time,” throughout the ordeal and felt he had let down the Indians. He said the toughest part was repeated rejection each time he went to the U.S. consulate in hopes of his case being resolved.

Hernandez eventually did get that US work visa, redid his Cleveland contract, and now will report for a minor-league rehab assignment, which will coincide with a three-week suspension handed down by Major League Baseball.

The Indians still have a shot at one of the wild-card spots in the American League, just four games back, and so they’ll welcome Hernandez back in mid-August as a part of a rotation that could really use his help.

For more on the Indians, please visit Let’s Go Tribe and SB Nation Cleveland.


Former Fausto Carmona Close To Getting USA Work Visa

It’s been nearly seven weeks since we last heard of the story of Roberto Hernandez Heredia, who used to pitch for the Cleveland Indians as Fausto Carmona before it was discovered he had stolen an identity (and falsified his age, too) in the Dominican Republic. At that time the pitcher and his agent were working to get him a visa to come back to work in the USA.

Now, it appears that’s close to becoming reality. Jordan Bastian:

According to multiple sources, pitcher Roberto Hernandez is expected to soon be receiving a new visa from the State Department, which would allow the right-hander to return to the United States. Hernandez remains in his native Dominican Republic, where he continues to train at Cleveland’s baseball academy.

“Things are moving forward,” said a person with knowledge of the situation. “It’s looking a lot better right now.”

Carmona/Hernandez’s contract with the Indians was reworked; Bastian’s article says the Indians hope there won’t be a suspension for Carmona/Hernandez, as there has been in the similar case of Leo Nunez/Juan Carlos Oviedo, Marlins pitcher.

Carmona/Hernandez’s name situation is even more confusing because there was a longtime relief pitcher named Roberto Hernandez who retired in 2007, and pitched part of that year for the Indians.


Former Fausto Carmona Could Return To Indians By All-Star Break

When last we left the saga of Fausto Carmona — now known as Roberto Hernandez Heredia after it was revealed he had stolen an identity in his home country, the Dominican Republic — he had agreed to take a pay cut from the Indians, in no small part because the Tribe learned he was really 28, not 31.

Now, a lobbyist hired by Carmona/Hernandez says he might be back in Cleveland soon. Paul Hoynes:

A lobbyist working on behalf of Roberto Hernandez, the Indians pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona, said he could be back in the United States by the All-Star break.

“I think there is a good chance Roberto could be in Cleveland by the All-Star break,” said Stephen Payne, a visa expert and lobbyist hired by Hernandez’s agents.

Hoynes further reports that Carmona/Hernandez is working out at the team’s facility in the Dominican Republic, and that MLB likely won’t suspend him when he returns to the USA:

The Indians have petitioned the U.S. State Department that the salary cut should serve as punishment enough. It’s believed MLB and the players association feels the same.

It’s confusing enough that Carmona now has the same name as the former reliever who pitched for 10 teams — including the Indians — from 1991 through 2007.

For more on the Indians, please visit Let’s Go Tribe and SB Nation Cleveland.

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