“I am extremely remorseful and apologize to the fans, teammates, the team and everybody else who has looked up to me,” he said. “I am extremely happy with the support of the fan base, but do not know what (reaction) to expect.”
Hernandez said he was “very sad all the time,” throughout the ordeal and felt he had let down the Indians. He said the toughest part was repeated rejection each time he went to the U.S. consulate in hopes of his case being resolved.
Hernandez eventually did get that US work visa, redid his Cleveland contract, and now will report for a minor-league rehab assignment, which will coincide with a three-week suspension handed down by Major League Baseball.
The Indians still have a shot at one of the wild-card spots in the American League, just four games back, and so they’ll welcome Hernandez back in mid-August as a part of a rotation that could really use his help.