GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians have acquired reliever Jairo Asencio from the Atlanta Braves for cash.
Asencio was on the Braves' restricted list all of 2010 after it was discovered he had come to the U.S. as Luis Valdez and claimed to be three years younger. The Indians are already dealing with a similar case as the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona was actually Roberto Hernandez and three years older.
Hernandez remains in the Dominican Republic attempting to obtain a work visa. General manager Chris Antonetti said he had no update on Hernandez.
"It remains out of our hands," he said.
Antonetti said Asencio had met all immigration requirements and the Indians did not forsee any problems with the pitcher, who turns 28 in May.
Asencio is a candidate for one of the two final spots in Cleveland's bullpen. He is out of minor league options.
"He's a guy that our scouts have liked for a quite a while," Antonetti said. "We'll factor in his track record."