Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Fausto Carmona has reportedly been arrested in the Dominican Republic on charges of false identity.
Carmona, whose name is allegedly Roberto Hernandez Heredia, was reportedly arrested while he was attempting to leave America to renew his visa. NBC.com’s Aaron Gleeman points out that another Dominican player, Leo Nuñez – whose real name is Juan Carlos Oviedo – was arrested on similar suspicion, but received little outside of minor jail time and a $6 million contract from the Florida Marlins.
Carmona, or Heredia, was recently the recipient of a $7 million team option and is expected to be stalwart within the Tribe’s 2012 rotation. He is coming off of an up-and-down season that saw him finish with seven wins and an ERA north of 5.00 through 188 innings of work.
“Look at [Fausto's] career and some of the challenges he has had at certain points,” team GM Chris Antonetti said of last season’s opening day starter following the news of his contract status. “He has certainly come back from more challenging struggles than he had this [past] season. We are confident he can build upon last year and that he will be more effective in 2012.”
(Source: Jorge Arangure)