Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/22/12

Roberto Hernandez, the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona, arrived in Cleveland on Saturday and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Monday at Progressive Field to begin his preparation to pitch for the Indians when his suspension ends Aug. 11.

On Sunday, he made his first comments to the media since being arrested for using a false identity. Amid those comments, he was presented with three birthday cakes by his teammates, because it was revealed when he was arrested that he was three years older than he claimed to be.

Hernandez was granted a visa last week that allowed him to enter the United States for the first time since the end of last season.

He was arrested in the Dominican Republic on Jan. 19 for identity fraud, and Major League Baseball then suspended for an additional three weeks for having played under an assumed name.

Hernandez is scheduled to make three or four starts in the minors before pitching for the Indians, and he said Sunday he'd like to turn the page.

"I want to forget about the past and move forward," he said through an interpreter, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported. "I don't know if I'll be better, but I'm really going to work at giving what I am as a person and a player."

Hernandez was 7-15 with a 5.25 ERA in 32 starts last year.

When the Indians signed Hernandez on Dec. 28, 2000, they believed he was 17. He was actually 20.

Hernandez said lying about his age was the only way he could sign a professional contract.

He then spent 11 years pitching under an assumed name.

"I tried not think about it," he said, "but I knew one day this would happen."

During the interview session, teammates presented him three cakes, representing his jump in age from 28 to 31.

"I was impressed with his physical shape," said manager Manny Acta, according to the Plain Dealer. "I know at times he was discouraged, but he never stopped working and that showed."

It's unclear how Hernandez will fit into the Indians' rotation.

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