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Cleveland Indians starter Fausto Carmona was arrested in the Dominican Republic on Thursday on charges of using a false identity.
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.
The loss of Carmona would damage the Indians' chances to contend in the American League Central. Despite a poor 2011 season -- 7-15 with a 5.25 ERA -- he was expected to contribute to the Cleveland rotation this season. Without him, the Cleveland rotation would consist of Ubaldo Jimenez, Justin Masterson, Derek Lowe, Josh Tomlin and David Huff or Jeanmar Gomez.
This is the second such controversy involving a prominent major-league pitcher in the past several months. Miami Marlins reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo was placed on the restricted list last year after it was found he had been using a false identity (Leo Nuñez) throughout his professional career.
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There's probably nothing quite like running a major league baseball team and waking up to find out one of the guys you're counting on is not whom you thought he was.
One day the Cleveland Indians feel like Fausto Carmona is an erratic but still reasonably young pitcher who might be able to turn around a rocky career.
A few hours later he's a post-30 guy...
Yesterday, Enrique Rojas broke the news that Fausto Carmona‘s real name is actually Roberto Heredia, and he’s three years older than his listed age of 28. Additionally, because he was using a false identity, Carmona’s Heredia’s chances of securing a work visa seem to be less than stellar. Previous players who have gotten caught using a false name and birthdate have ended...
He is Roberto Hernandez Heredia. That is all. More »
Authorities in the Dominican Republic have arrested Indians right-hander Fausto Carmona and accused him of using a false identity to try to obtain a U.S. visa, a police spokesman said.
A spokesman for police in the Dominican Republic says the Cleveland Indians pitcher known as Fausto Carmona has been arrested for using a false identity. It is the second such case involving a major leaguer in four months. Maximo Baez Aybar said Thursday that Carmona was arrested outside the U.S. consulate in Santo Domingo.
The pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona was outed when he refused to increase hush money payments to the real Fausto Carmona:
ESPN’s Pedro Gomez reported on “Outside the Lines” yesterday that Carmona was outed several weeks ago on a popular radio show in Santo Domingo by the mother of the real Fausto Carmona.
You can watch video of Gomez’s report here.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland Indians pitcher Fausto Carmona has been arrested for allegedly using a false identity in the Dominican Republic, where officials are contesting his real name and birthdate.A police spokesman said Carmona was arrested Thursday outside the U.S. consulate in Santo Domingo. Carmona had gone there to renew ...
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians pitcher known as Fausto Carmona issued a tearful apology Friday as he was released following his arrest for allegedly using a false identity to play baseball in the U.S.
CLEVELAND - Cleveland Indians pitcher Fausto Carmona has been arrested for allegedly using a false identity in...
CLEVELAND (AP) -- With the future of the starter they knew only as Fausto Carmona unclear, the Indians made a move to protect their rotation.
Cleveland traded for right-hander Kevin Slowey, acquiring the right-hander from Colorado on Friday for minor league reliever Zach Putnam and cash considerations.
Indians general manager Chris Antonetti claimed the deal was not a direct reaction...
Cleveland Indians pitcher Fausto Carmona has been arrested on suspicion of using a false identity in the Dominican Republic, where officials are contesting his real name and birth date.