Indians pitcher arrested for double identity

Indians starter Fausto Carmona -- or is it Roberto Hernandez? -- pitches against the Twins at...

Indians starter Fausto Carmona -- or is it Roberto Hernandez? -- pitches against the Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn., Sep. 21, 2010. (ERIC MILLER/Reuters)

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After posting a 7-15 record with a 5.25 earned-run average last season, it might not be such a bad idea for Fausto Carmona to change his name.

Turns out the Cleveland Indians pitcher -- a 19-game winner in 2007 -- has been playing in the major leagues under a false identity and age, ESPN Desportes reported Thursday.

His real name is Roberto Hernandez Heredia and he is 31 years old, not 28, according to Dominican Republic police, who have arrested him and charged him with using a fake identity to try to get a U.S. visa.

"This arrest is part of the measures taken by the National Police (NP), in co-ordination with the American Consulate," Colonel Maximo Aybar Baez, a spokesman for the Dominican police, said on his Twitter account.

"The NP invited Dominican prospects not to be misled by those who sell fake illusions based on illegality,"

The pitcher was trying to renew his visa for spring training in February. He is slated to earn $7 million in 2012.

The arrest comes on the heels of a similar case last fall when Dominican police arrested Miami Marlins pitcher Leo Nunez for using a false identity. He is actually Juan Oviedo, and he has agreed to a one-year, $6-million contract with the Marlins. His visa status remains uncertain, however.


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