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Indians manager: Carmona important to rotation

Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta says the pitcher known as Fausto Carmona is an important part of the rotation and the team is doing what it can to speed up his arrival.

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic —

Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta says the pitcher known as Fausto Carmona is an important part of the rotation and the team is doing what it can to speed up his arrival.

Acta told The Associated Press late Monday that the team is making the necessary moves to get Carmona to the United States for the coming season but also will be prepared to go without him.

Says Acta: "It doesn't matter that he was a little inconsistent last year. Fausto is an important part of our rotation."

Carmona is accused of using a false identity to play baseball in the U.S. and faces a judicial process in the Dominican Republic. He was released from jail on Friday.

Carmona's real name is Roberto Hernandez Heredia. He's 31, three years older than he had claimed.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) - The Cleveland Indians manager says the pitcher known as Fausto Carmona won't be making it to spring training.

Indians manager Manny Acta told The Associated Press late Monday that the team is trying to speed up Carmona's arrival.

Carmona is accused of using a false identity to play baseball in the U.S. and faces a judicial process in the Dominican Republic. He was released from jail on Friday.

Carmona's real name is Roberto Hernandez Heredia. He's 31, three years older than he had claimed.

Acta says it's likely Kevin Slowey may replace Carmona, who won 13 games in 2010 and went 7-15 last season.

(This version CORRECTS the first paragraph, headlines to delete reference to spring training because of translation error. Acta says team working to get Carmona to States for coming season.)

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