Roberto Hernandez Granted Visa and Heading to Cleveland
By Mike Brandyberry
The pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona–now Roberto Hernandez–has been granted a work visa by the United States and is heading to Cleveland to rejoin the Indians.
Cleveland Indians Executive Vice President and General Manager Chris Antonetti released a statement saying, “Roberto Hernandez has acquired his visa to enter the United States and we are eager for him to return to competition. He is en route to Cleveland now and will report to Progressive Field Sunday morning, where he will address the media and throw for our Major League staff. After that, he will join one of the club’s Minor League teams and continue preparing for his return to the Major League team.”
Antonetti is expected to meet with the Cleveland media to answer questions regarding Hernandez and the state of the Cleveland Indians at 4:15 pm today at Progressive Field. Meanwhile, Major League Baseball released a statement, suspending Hernandez for three weeks, effective immediately. Their statement reads:
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Cleveland Indians pitcher Roberto Hernandez has received a suspension of three weeks for engaging in age and identity fraud.
In addition, Hernandez has agreed to restructure his player contract with the Indians.
Hernandez shall serve his suspension, which is effective beginning today, through Friday, August 10th. Hernandez will be eligible for a rehabilitation assignment to a Minor League affiliate during his suspension.
Hernandez agreed to restructure his contract on March 14 of this season. He reduced his 2012 salary to $2.5 million, plus performance bonuses, and reduced the price of his 2013 option to $6 million from $9 million, plus 2012 bonuses earned, in exchange for the elimination of his 2014 option.
We will continue to update this story as details become known.
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