Roberto Hernandez, who pitched under the name “Fausto Carmona” for the Indians in the past, has been granted a visa to the United States and will meet with reporters at Progressive Field later today.
Stephen Payne, the lobbyist who worked on the behalf of Hernandez, says that Hernandez will have to serve a suspension and pitch some rehab starts before pitching with the Indians again.
“I do know Roberto will be playing baseball for the Cleveland Indians — if he’s physically ready — sometime in August,” said Payne.
Hernandez is scheduled to throw a simulated game next week for the Indians coaching staff. He will then go on a rehab assigment to the minors. He’ll need at least three to four starts to get ready.
The suspension will last three weeks, which is five weeks shorter than the former Leo Nunez of the Marlins’ suspension was for. It was discovered that Nunez’s real name was Juan Carlos Oviedo last season, along with Carmona’s being Roberto Hernandez.