The Cleveland Indians have officially placed starting pitcher Fausto Carmona on the restricted list. Carmona, whose real name is reportedly Roberto Hernandez Heredia, was arrested one week ago on charges of false identity as he was attempting to renew his visa within the Dominican Republic.
Released on $13,000 bond, Carmona/Hernandez will have to endure the Dominican legal process prior to returning to the United States of America. On the restricted list, the Indians would not be responsible for compensating Carmona for his recently signed $7 million club option.
In a likely attempt to fill the void left by last season’s Opening Day starting pitcher, the Indians recently traded for Kevin Slowey who will likely slot in the fourth or fifth spot in the team’s rotation.
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