Who would have ever thought Fausto Carmona would be a fake name?
Well, apparently it is.
UPDATE: January 21, 10:20 a.m. EST
New details have emerged in the bizarre Fausto Carmona case.
"ESPN’s Pedro Gomez reported on “Outside the Lines” yesterday that Carmona was outed several weeks ago on a popular radio show in Santo Domingo by the mother of the real Fausto Carmona," according to NBC's D.J. Short.
"The belief is that Carmona has been paying the family of the real Carmona for the use of his identification and refused to increase hush money payments after the Indians picked up his $7 million club option for 2012 in October. Carmona made $6.1 million with the Indians last season. The U.S. government began an investigation after Carmona was outed on the radio show and he was arrested when he went to apply for his work visa earlier this week," reports Short.
According to Jorge Arangure of ESPN, the Cleveland Indians' 28-year-old (?) starting pitcher was arrested in the Dominican Republic for using a fake I.D. His real name is reportedly Roberto Hernandez Heredia.
Per Maximo Baez Aybar, the PR person for the Dominican Republic police, Carmona was arrested outside the U.S. Consulate while trying to obtain a visa.
What It Means
Would Carmona's absence be a big loss for the Indians?
If Carmona is forced to miss time next season, the Indians do have some depth to work with, including Jeanmar Gomez, Zach McCallister, Scott Barnes and David Huff.
Carmona also had a poor season in 2011, racking up a 5.25 ERA and 1.40 WHIP while going 7-15. For his career, he's posted an unbecoming 4.59 ERA and 1.43 WHIP. It's not like the Indians are losing an ace right now.
Carmona's arrest for using a fake I.D. also means that he could be older. In fact, according to AP writer Dionisio Soldevila, Carmona is actually 31 years old. Aranguire speculates that Carmona's fake I.D. was the difference between signing and not signing at all.
The Indians now wait to see if Carmona will be allowed to return to the United States quickly. As of now, the chances appear slim.
Expect the Indians to plan on going on without Carmona until he arrives back in the States. Gomez, McCallister, Barnes and Huff should all compete for a starting spot in his absence.