It’s been nearly seven weeks since we last heard of the story of Roberto Hernandez Heredia, who used to pitch for the Cleveland Indians as Fausto Carmona before it was discovered he had stolen an identity (and falsified his age, too) in the Dominican Republic. At that time the pitcher and his agent were working to get him a visa to come back to work in the USA.
Now, it appears that’s close to becoming reality. Jordan Bastian:
According to multiple sources, pitcher Roberto Hernandez is expected to soon be receiving a new visa from the State Department, which would allow the right-hander to return to the United States. Hernandez remains in his native Dominican Republic, where he continues to train at Cleveland’s baseball academy.
“Things are moving forward,” said a person with knowledge of the situation. “It’s looking a lot better right now.”
Carmona/Hernandez’s contract with the Indians was reworked; Bastian’s article says the Indians hope there won’t be a suspension for Carmona/Hernandez, as there has been in the similar case of Leo Nunez/Juan Carlos Oviedo, Marlins pitcher.
Carmona/Hernandez’s name situation is even more confusing because there was a longtime relief pitcher named Roberto Hernandez who retired in 2007, and pitched part of that year for the Indians.