The Cleveland Indians were counting on Fausto Carmona to be in their rotation in 2012, until news broke that he was really 31 years old and his real name was actually Roberto Hernandez. He was arrested on false identity charges in the Dominican this winter, but now the Indians are hopeful that he will return to the team sometime after the All-Star Break, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Hernandez has been working out at a baseball academy in the Dominican, and depending on any lengthy suspension from the team or league, could be ready for a rehab assignment in mid-July.
Last season, under the false name “Carmona”, he posted a 4.58 FIP and 1.8 fWAR. In his six-year career for the Indians, he has posted a 4.48 FIP and 10.6 fWAR. The Indians 2012 starting rotation of Derek Lowe, Zach McAllister, Josh Tomlin, Jeanmar Gomez, Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez have been inconsistent of late. Collectively they own a 5.45 K/9 and 4.60 ERA for the season, with 127 walks. The Indians pitching staff ranks 2nd in walks allowed with 193, something Hernandez is well know for, walking 364 batters in his 934.2 career innings.