Cleveland Indians starter Fausto Carmona was arrested in the Dominican Republic on Thursday for using a false identity, Dionisio Soldevila of the Associated Press reported on Twitter.
Soldevila said Carmona is actually 31 -- not 28, as he's listed on the Indians' official website -- and that his name is actually Roberto Hernandez. The legal action could prevent Carmona from leaving the Dominican Republic and joining the Indians in time for spring training.
Over the years, some players from the Dominican Republic have assumed false identities as a way to appear younger and garner larger contracts from Major League Baseball clubs. Carmona has earned more than $15 million in his career, according to data at Baseball-Reference.com, and is set to make $7 million this year.
If Carmona is forced to remain in the Dominican Republic, the Indians may be able to place him on the restricted list and avoid paying his salary during that time.
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