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Cleveland Indians pitcher Roberto Hernandez was suspended Saturday for three weeks by Major League Baseball for age and identity fraud.
Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said in a statement that Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, has received a visa to return to the United States and that he would be eligible to rejoin the team Aug. 11.
Hernandez will address the media Sunday at Progressive Field.
MLB said in a release that Hernandez will be allowed to participate in a minor league rehabilitation assignment during his suspension.
Hernandez's contract was reworked for a lower salary at the Indians' request, a factor that might have influenced the length of his suspension.
Miami Marlins pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo, aka Leo Nunez, was suspended eight weeks for similar fraud charges. He is eligible to return to the major league on Monday.
In June Antonetti said, ''Our understanding at this point is because Roberto restructured his contract, there won't be an additional suspension required.''
Hernandez was arrested in the Dominican Republic in January outside the U.S. consulate, where he had gone to renew his visa. It was discovered that Hernandez is 31 years old, three years older than his listed age.
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