Not-Fausto Carmona Hoping For Pardon, Return To Indians

I refer to him as Not-Fausto Carmona instead of Roberto Hernandez Heredia because I don't think many people are yet comfortable with the name Roberto Hernandez Heredia. It doesn't seem familiar yet. It will in time. Anyway, that guy is still hanging out in the Dominican Republic. He was arrested for using a false identity, you remember, and he was recently placed on baseball's restricted list. What's next? Well, unsurprisingly, Not-Carmona is hoping for a return before long:

The pitcher Roberto Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, told The Associated Press he hopes to obtain a judicial pardon and return to the Cleveland Indians this season.

"I'm doing all that is necessary so that when the pardon is granted, I won't have to wait long to play again," he said Wednesday.

Within that article, there are references to Not-Carmona returning "this season" and "this year". There's nothing more specific. I don't know if the expected time frame is somewhere in April, or somewhere in September. I don't know if anybody really knows yet.

One notes that the Indians' rotation is currently full, even without Not-Carmona. That is, if you believe in Kevin Slowey, which, statistically, you might. It's hard to say where Not-Carmona might fit, but it's also hard to say what the pitching staff might look like if and when he's cleared to return.

While in the Dominican, Not-Carmona has been teaching young players about the dangers of assuming a false identity. Hopefully before many of them have already begun assuming false identities.

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