Reports: Indians' Pitcher Fausto Carmona Has Been Using False Identity

Jim WeihofenCorrespondent IJanuary 19, 2012

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 25: Fausto Carmona #55 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning of their game on September 25, 2011 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The Twins defeated theIndians 6-4. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Indians are surely in for a shock today, as it has been revealed by Dominican Police that their would-be ace, Fausto Carmona, is not who he claims to be.

As was first reported in a tweet by Yancen Pujols, Carmona was arrested in the Dominican for using a false identity.

ESPN Deportes' Enrique Rojas added that Carmona's real name, as reported by Domincan police, is Roberto Hernandez Heredia. Dionsio Soldevila of the Associated Press tweeted that Hernandez's real age is 31, not 28 as the Indians thought.

The prospects of Carmona getting a visa and being able to pitch in the United States anytime soon don't look very good, according to Jorge Arangure Jr. of on Twitter.

On October 31, the Indians exercised their team option on the man they then knew as 28-year-old Fausto Carmona, which would have seen him make $7 million in the 2012 season.

With the news late in the 2011 season that Marlins' then-closer Leo Nunez was actually Juan Carlos Oviedo, the then-Florida Marlins placed Nunez on the restricted list. Nunez/Oviedo did not face charges in the Dominican Republic for using the false identity.

What happens with Carmona/Hernandez, however, is anyone's guess. It's seemingly a safe assumption that the Indians will place him on the restricted list until everything is sorted out.

It also now seems that the Indians should try and find a low-cost veteran starter for insurance, in case Carmona/Hernandez faces jail time and/or visa issues.

Coming on the heels of the announcement of the Rangers' contract agreement with Yu Darvish, the baseball world will surely have plenty of pitching news to discuss today.

UPDATE: The Indians have made a statement on Carmona, as has been reported by“We were recently made aware of the situation that occurred today in the Dominican Republic and are currently in the process of gathering information,” GM Chris Antonetti said. “We are not prepared to make any additional comment at this time.”