Cleveland pitcher suspended for age, identity fraud | Baseball Notebook
Roberto Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, was suspended for three weeks by Major League Baseball for age and identity fraud.
CLEVELAND — Cleveland Indians pitcher Roberto Hernandez was suspended Saturday for three weeks by Major League Baseball for age and identity fraud.
Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, has received a visa to return to the United States and would be eligible to rejoin the team Aug. 11.
He 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, three years older than his listed age. He will address the media Sunday in Cleveland.
Hernandez is 53-66 with a 4.59 earned-run average in five wildly inconsistent seasons. His best season came in 2007, when he finished 19-8 with a 3.08 ERA.
Another pitcher, the Miami Marlins' Juan Carlos Oviedo, aka Leo Nunez, was suspended eight weeks for similar fraud charges. He is eligible to return to the major leagues on Monday.
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